The first Pied Oystercatcher chicks of 2018

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One pair of Pied Oystercatchers nest just north of the rocks on Cable Beach and have to deal with the four-wheel drive vehicles and camels on the beach, but as soon as the eggs have hatched out they move the family approximately two kilometres further north through the dune system. Pied Oystercatcher chick sheltering under an adult bird.

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Pied Oystercatchers breeding in Broome

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The strategy that this pair use is to lay eggs in a busy area which has good views of the surrounding area, which means watching nudists, camel rides, vehicles on the beach and everything else that goes on! The parents will either defend the chicks individually, whilst the other shelters the chicks or they will both fly up at the raptors leaving the chicks hiding amongst beach debris or amongst the vegetation. Pied Oystercatcher chicks sheltering under their parents wings.

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Wolfe Creek Crater birding

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Other species of plant that were flowering were the Mulla mulla , Camel bush , a native Hop bush and a variety of salt-bushes. Camel bush. Wallabies were still digging in the salty ground and there was shade and shelter for them inside the crater. At the end of June we loaded up the car with no plan other than to head north and see what was about.

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