Out of Town Visitors

Nidoolyorong by Paul Amyes on 500px.com
Nidoolyorong. Black-fronted Dotterel, Elseyornis melanops. Mongers Crossing, Western Australia.

 

We’ve lived in York since 2004 and this is the first time I’ve seen these birds. They are classified as being nomadic when it comes to habitat which obviously means they move around as conditions dictate. Both require aquatic invertebrates to feed off which means that the river is in a healthy state. As I’ve said ¬†before in previous posts the Avon largely dries up over summer leaving a series of deep pools and ¬†In the past at this time of year they tend to be stagnant, have algal blooms and stink. This year they have largely been free of algae, don’t smell and the larger ones are full of small fish, dragonfly and damsel fly nymphs which are all indicators of a healthy river. The arrival of the Black-fronted Dotterels and Black-winged Stilts confirms this.

 

Dit by Paul Amyes on 500px.com

Dit. Black-winged Stilt, Himantopus himantopus, Mongers Crossing, York, Western Australia.