In Broome we now have six seasons and April is Marrul season. This season is a scorching time of 12 months the place we’re transitioning from the moist climate to the dry climate. The season is brief, however it may be extremely popular with little wind, huge tides and the migratory shorebirds are all setting off on their migration. The shorebirds will go to the northern hemisphere to breed and return to Broome later within the 12 months.
Over current months the rains have allowed the vegetation to develop very tall and we could get some “knock-em down” rains earlier than April is out. The tall grass within the header photograph has grown quick not too long ago and is all all through the bush.
The seashores have modified rather a lot over current months and the massive tides have moved numerous sand about. Sandstone cliffs have eroded and pure particles has been dumped onto the seashore. The photograph beneath you possibly can see that Oystercatchers and crabs have walked across the particles.
The migratory shorebirds are busy feeding alongside the coast preparing for migration and plenty of have began to get their breeding plumage. With the huge tides in Broome they’ve loads of reef and mudflats uncovered every day the place they’ll feed.
Nice Knot feeding
Sanderling and Purple-necked Stint
Lesser Sand Plovers with breeding plumage
The Pied Oystercatchers stay of their breeding territories all year long at many places round Broome, however there are typically disputes. A number of the Pied Oystercatchers are actively displaying “piping” right now of 12 months alongside our coast.
Pied Oystercatchers “piping”
Different Pied Oystercatcher pairs are simply casually having fun with the coast. They wander alongside the tide line reasonably than fly and in just a few months time they are going to be nesting as soon as once more.
With reasonably much less wind I used to be in a position to seize a number of Lesser Frigatebirds in flight as they soared alongside the coast final weekend. Regardless of being “lesser” they’re nonetheless a considerable dimension with a wing-span of between 155cm and 193cm. A Nice Frigatebird is far bigger.
We at the moment are experiencing days which might be nearly cloud-free after which hastily there are wisps of clouds within the late afternoon. It provides to a phenomenal sundown over the Indian Ocean. Different days we’re nonetheless experiencing late afternoon storms.
Sundown over the Indian Ocean
The Marrul season will stay unsettled for a few month after which we could have cooler nights, foggy mornings and dry days.