On Wednesday fifth October I headed off on my bicycle to Cable Seashore to stroll from the Surf Membership in direction of Gantheaume Level. I had hoped to seek out Pied Oystercatchers that also had chicks, however sadly that’s not the case. The climate was excellent for a protracted 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 Pink-capped Plovers had been nipping up and down the seashore and the migratory Sanderling, Larger Sand Plovers and Pink-necked Stint had been additionally operating 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 ft moist with these within the Indian Ocean!
As I approached Gantheaume Level, the place there are buoys for mooring this time of 12 months, I noticed a hen bobbing within the Indian Ocean. It clearly wasn’t a Brown Booby, which regularly roost on the buoys or within the ocean presently of 12 months. The header photograph is my first distant photograph of the hen I noticed at 10.45am. The wind was west/north westerly and over latest days there had been an inflow of birds that will usually be seen additional offshore. The hen seemed to be exhausted and permitting the tide to maneuver it in direction of the shoreline and I watched and waited.
By 11.05am the seabird was a lot nearer to shore and could possibly 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 now have noticed Wedge-tailed Shearwaters after tropical cyclones on Cable Seashore, 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 capable of surf, similar to the Black Swans have carried out previously 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 get well when it determined to take flight. It didn’t go too far, however past the breaking waves, which was positively a superb 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 suppose 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 Seashore.
Within the coming months we are going to head into our cyclone season and see what else will get blown in direction of the Australian mainland. There’s at all times one thing happening at Cable Seashore if you are interested in birds.