Today the low wind conditions made it perfect to get out and about with the new Canon EOS 7d - I also added a 400mm prime lens to test it out, with great results. Little to my knowledge a tiny bird came into view right at the end of my walk. A Great Knot as they are known. These have never been previously sighted by anyone I known on Tuggerah Lake, so it caused a bit of a stir when I presented the pictures to some friends in the area.
These birds are known internationally as a symbol of harmony between nature and society. However these are known to have caused shellfood shortages in Korea. Foraging about the mud and shorelines in general, they will eat relatively anything from the sea; including worms. They do have a preferance for bivalve molluscs and shellfood though. Seen here rummaging though the banks of thin seaweed with its long bill suited for the job, it was a very special encounter. These birds are listed on the federally endangered list and are considered extremely rare. In most states of Australia, these birds are listed as vulnerable, or critically endangered.