On Wednesday fifth October I headed off on my bicycle to Cable Seaside to stroll from the Surf Membership in the direction of Gantheaume Level. I had hoped to seek out Pied Oystercatchers that also had chicks, however sadly that isn’t the case. The climate was excellent for an extended stroll anyway with a excessive of round 30c and a breeze off the Indian Ocean, so I continued alongside the seashore. The tides weren’t shifting a lot in any respect that day, so there have been solely a handful of shorebirds. The resident Crimson-capped Plovers have been nipping up and down the seashore and the migratory Sanderling, Larger Sand Plovers and Crimson-necked Stint have been additionally working round chasing the little crabs. There have been a number of bluebottles washed up because of a number of days of tough seas and I wasn’t going to get my toes moist with these within the Indian Ocean!
As I approached Gantheaume Level, the place there are buoys for mooring this time of yr, I noticed a chicken bobbing within the Indian Ocean. It clearly wasn’t a Brown Booby, which regularly roost on the buoys or within the ocean at the moment of yr. The header photograph is my first distant photograph of the chicken I noticed at 10.45am. The wind was west/north westerly and over latest days there had been an inflow of birds that may usually be seen additional offshore. The chicken gave the impression to be exhausted and permitting the tide to maneuver it in the direction of the shoreline and I watched and waited.
By 11.05am the seabird was a lot nearer to shore and may very well be recognized as a Wedge-tailed Shearwater. It continued to come back nearer to shore, however was additionally being moved alongside by the tide and was going north parallel to the seashore. We’ve noticed Wedge-tailed Shearwaters after tropical cyclones on Cable Seaside, however as deceased specimens and never alive like this.
Because the Wedge-tailed Shearwater got here nearer to shore it acquired caught up within the shallows and the small waves. A number of the waves it was in a position to surf, similar to the Black Swans have performed prior to now right here, however different waves got here by and it was clearly dumped.
Browsing Wedge-tailed Shearwater
I used to be simply contemplating if I wanted to make a name to the native wildlife rescue folks to take it in for a short while to recuperate when it determined to take flight. It didn’t go too far, however past the breaking waves, which was positively an excellent transfer!
Wedge-tailed Shearwater in flight
Wedge-tailed Shearwater within the Indian ocean
I continued on my method heading north again to the surf membership and the Wedge-tailed Shearwater was additionally persevering with to move north. I don’t assume it had an excessive amount of management over the course it was getting pulled by the tide, however in deeper water it was now not getting dumped by the waves. I noticed the Wedge-tailed Shearwater for simply over an hour over a 5 kilometre stretch of Cable Seaside.
Within the coming months we’ll head into our cyclone season and see what else will get blown in the direction of the Australian mainland. There’s at all times one thing occurring at Cable Seaside if you are interested in birds.