|Lesser sand plover, Wellington Point; Photo by Matteo Grilli.|
Wild BNE's first meet-up last Sunday was a success, with a total of eight people heading out onto King Island off the coast of Wellington Point to view the marine life.
|Red-necked stint, Wellington Point; Photo by Matteo Grilli.|
Star attractions of the day were the wading birds preparing to fly north for their boreal breeding season; some, such as the red-necked stint (Calidris ruficollis) will fly as far as the western coast of Alaska over the next few weeks, despite weighing just 25 grams!
|Slender skimmer (Orthetrum sabina), Wellington Point; Photo by Matteo Grilli.|
These birds and many other creatures were captured on camera by guests on the day, including Matteo Grilli, who kindly sent me these photos to share on the blog.
Not only is Matteo a fantastic photographer, he is also an incredibly talented and successful wildlife artist; If you aren't already familiar with his superb blog, now is your chance to rectify that!
I had a wonderful day with Matteo, Ros, John, Judith, Chad, Gillian and Renate—thank you all so much for coming along and helping to create a great experience!
|King Island adventurers! Wellington Point.|
As we headed back to the mainland, the fiddler crabs—including a grey-clawed species unique to South-east Queensland—appeared to be waving us farewell, bringing to close a great day out in lovely Moreton Bay.
|Two-toned fiddler crabs (Uca vomeris), Wellington Point; Photo by Matteo Grilli.|