Ashley-Saltwater Creek Estuary, Canterbury

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Ashley-Saltwater Creek Estuary, Canterbury

Postby andrewcrossland » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:54 pm

A good collection of birds on the Ashley today, including:

1 Black Stilt
1 Sanderling (feeding Sanderling fashion on the ocean beach with a group of Wrybill in tow doing the same!)
3 Turnstone
10 Red Knot
1 Grey-tailed Tattler

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Re: Ashley-Saltwater Creek Estuary, Canterbury

Postby Davidthomas » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:36 pm

No sign of a curlew Andrew? There hasn’t been one that I’ve known of for a couple of years.

A good record though to have a sanderling. And nice that the tattler is back again
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Re: Ashley-Saltwater Creek Estuary, Canterbury

Postby kelly111 » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:56 pm

Hi what part of the Ashley can I see the birds.thank you.
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Re: Ashley-Saltwater Creek Estuary, Canterbury

Postby andrewcrossland » Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:00 pm

The Sanderling was on the beach feeding in the wash zone, associating with 4 Wrybills doing the same (ie feeding sanderling-style).

The Tattler was roosting with Banded Dotterels and wrybills on sand/stones on the lagoon edge of the spit just beyond where the sand hill chain finishes.

The Black Stilt was on the lagoon just out from the river mouth delta.

I didn't venture up to the North end of the estuary after the Curlew/s. They've been pretty much annual since at least the early 1980s and were first recorded in the 1870s by Sir Julius Von Haast, so a real tradition at the Ashley and I hope the global decline in this species hasn't spent the end of their visits to the Ashley-Saltwater Creek Estuary.

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Re: Ashley-Saltwater Creek Estuary, Canterbury

Postby wazzagonewild » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:25 pm

I saw the Sanderling today around 2 pm. It was feeding in the washzone of the ocean as described, before being spooked by a dog and flying over into the estuary where it continued feeding with a godwit.

Thanks Andrew for the tip.
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Re: Ashley-Saltwater Creek Estuary, Canterbury

Postby wazzagonewild » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:34 am

I was out looking for the sanderling and grey-tailed tattler yesterday (with no luck) and instead found skua/jaegers chasing white-fronted terns which were feeding on a huge boil up by the river mouth - very cool to watch!

I'm not sure if I had a group of entirely arctic skua or whether there were a couple of pomarine skua mixed in as well, mostly based on the slightly different body shapes and flight patterns that I observed among individuals in the groups. I tried to take some photos (apologies for the poor quality) and as this is my first time observing these skua species, I'm hoping someone with more experience may assist with ID, if possible.

Cheers,

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Re: Ashley-Saltwater Creek Estuary, Canterbury

Postby Adam C » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:32 pm

Nice spotting!

Something I've kept an eye out for but still yet to see.
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Re: Ashley-Saltwater Creek Estuary, Canterbury

Postby Oscar Thomas » Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:43 pm

The last photo is definitely an immature Pomarine skua, nice find! I think the others are all Arctic but see what others think.
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