Marsh Sandpipers–Tringa Stagnatilis are one of many many migratory shorebirds that we encounter right here in Broome. They’ve a very wide selection and they’re summer time migrants to Australia. The Marsh Sandpipers are at the moment feeding up able to migrate and breed within the Northern hemisphere. We’re at the moment in a position to observe them feeding alongside the freeway south of Broome within the space that also stays flooded after our moist season rains.
Marsh Sandpipers are a smaller and extra delicate model of the Widespread Greenshank, that are additionally current in smaller numbers. They’re simply ignored within the vegetation till they transfer as they feed and there are many bugs and larvae at the moment for them to devour earlier than they head North. We’re in a position to sit in our car on the sting of the flooded freeway and watch the Marsh Sandpipers feed near the highway.
There are additionally many Sharp-tailed Sandpipers feeding within the space and they’re additionally feeding up able to go North and breed. Under you possibly can see a photograph for each species for a measurement comparability.
Marsh Sandpiper and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper feeding collectively
One of the crucial widespread shorebirds feeding and breeding within the space is the Black-winged Stilt and they’re a a lot bigger fowl. They do even have very lengthy legs, which are perfect for wading round our flooded panorama. As you possibly can see beneath there’s fairly a measurement distinction.
Marsh Sandpiper and Black-winged Stilt feeding
Over the approaching weeks a lot of our shorebirds might be heading North to breed. Fortunately this 12 months there was ample rainfall and subsequently loads of meals for them to organize for his or her lengthy journeys.