Trip Report by Annemarie Beukman
Ashley River Bird Watching with Steve Attwood – 10th October 2015

We had a most enjoyable day at the Ashley River with Steve as our leader. It is always a joy to go out with Steve, a walking encyclopaedia (or is it a walking google these days?!) We had an amazing time stalking all kinds of birds while learning about their habitat and ways. During the day we crossed several rivers (on foot!) slithered on mud and sat on wet sand while waiting patiently for birds to do what they do! There were banded dotterels, wrybills and pied stilts nesting at the river and there were a few varieties of gulls and terns around too.

After a quick lunch we saw godwits and wrybills as well as a few spoonbills at the Ashley estuary and as a last hoorah, on our way home we had a photo session with nesting shags. All in all, a great day, with lots of birds, great company, and great leaders. Thank you very much Bob, for organising it and a big thank you to Steve and his assistant Geoff for all the planning and organising to make it such a successful day. And to top it all, the weather played along with brilliant sunshine!

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