Bird Photography Challenge #25: Red-Capped Dotterel

The Red-Capped Dotterel (Charadrius ruficapillus) is one of the most widespread beach nesting shorebirds in Australia and yet we had never been able to observe this wader at close quarters, let alone photograph it. It was particularly exciting to discover this little creature on my birthday, and it is with great pleasure that we are…

Yellow-Billed Spoonbill

Bird Photography Challenge #17: Yellow-Billed Spoonbill

A distinctive and handsome wader, the Yellow-Billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes) is sensitive to changing water availability.  You often see pairs, but less frequently do they appear in large flocks.   So when in November after a period of heavy rainfall a large group was feeding in the Western Wetlands, near Melbourne, it was a delight to…