A number of weeks in the past I launched you to the first pair of Pied Oystercatchers to begin to breed this yr. It’s sooner than different years, however now among the different pairs of Pied Oystercatchers have began to nest. Broome’s Cable Beach has grow to be quite a bit busier over latest weeks. It’s college holidays now and many individuals have travelled north to get pleasure from solar, sea and sand. Western Australia nonetheless has closed borders, however there was a whole lot of motion across the state.
Automobiles are permitted to drive onto Cable Seashore in an space north of the rocks. The pace restrict is restricted to 15km/hr for everyone’s security and you’re requested to maintain automobile influence to a minimal. There are indicators asking you to not go above the excessive tide mark as within the header photograph. There are good causes for this rule. It protects nesting shorebirds yr spherical. It additionally protects nesting turtles, which nest later within the yr. The automobile entry is closed across the largest excessive tides when the turtles are nesting to guard them and their nest websites.
Pied Oystercatcher flying in entrance of the signal
In latest weeks there was little regard for the signage and automobiles have gone over the again of the dunes. The pair of Pied Oystercatchers that nest on this space patrol the world, however there may be not quite a bit they’ll do when automobiles come into their nesting space.
Automobile tracks behind the dune system within the nesting space
This pair of Pied Oystercatchers bred successfully last year and had 5 years earlier. They like to nest on sand, however different Pied Oystercatchers at all times select a rocky outcrop to nest on.
Pied Oystercatcher close to the nest
Now we have to hope that automobiles cease driving past the excessive tide mark and that the eggs hatch out in twenty eight days’ time. The nest web site has been utilized in earlier years and if it fails they may lay a second clutch of eggs. Relying on the explanation for the nest failure they may nest both there or at a close-by location.
Pied Oystercatcher nest on the sand
One other pair of Pied Oystercatchers nearer to Gantheaume Level have laid their eggs. They’ve at all times nested in the identical place and like a nest with a view. The nest web site they select is at all times on the gray rocky outcrop overlooking the seashore. They’re the one pair of Pied Oystercatchers that we all know of within the Broome space which have successfully raised three chicks and that was in 2014. They don’t want to fret about automobiles on the nest web site. Nevertheless, they do have to cross via a bit of seashore to get to Gantheaume Level that automobiles use. They’ve at all times made the journey efficiently and we imagine it’s completed at evening by the tracks we now have adopted over time.
Pied Oystercatcher nest with a view
I recognize you perhaps can’t see the Pied Oystercatcher eggs within the above photograph. I’ve circled them for you within the photograph beneath after which you possibly can see the place they’re in subsequent pictures.
Pied Oystercatcher nest
As you possibly can see, there may be fairly a variation within the color of the eggs in each pairs of Pied Oystercatchers. This isn’t uncommon in any respect and there have been fully white eggs laid some years. On events if you see the primary egg laid after which the following egg they’re simply recognized aside. The primary egg laid is just not essentially the primary egg to hatch.
Cable Seashore is a wonderful seashore as you possibly can clearly see. In case you do have to take your automobile onto the seashore then please respect the signage! Let’s give our resident shorebirds half an opportunity!