Album 5. "Dolphins & Shore Birds"

Tin Can Bay's biggest draw-card of course is the daily viewing and/or feeding of the Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins. This occurs each morning and although the times are governed by when and if the dolphins actually come in, the viewing can usually be done any time between 6 and 9am. However, the actual feeding generally begins around 8am. This, as you can see, is a very popular activity, but must be done under the strict supervision of the volunteer Parks & Wildlife Dolphin Carers. A fee is applicable for this activity.

This little boy will remember this experience, or at least be reminded of it, for the rest of his life.

A very young "Mystique" taken about the year 2000.

Offering the hand of friendship. "Mystique" again 2011

"Squirt" The newest edition to the family. Male offspring of Mystique.

Our shore birds are many and varied and we have , at certain times of the year, migratory birds that come from as far away as Siberia. What I have featured here is just some of the birds you are likely to as you wander around our shoreline. For a more comprehensive look at the birds you are unlikely to come across, I suggest you take a look at Dorothy Pashniak's site.

Pied Cormorant 

The Little (black) Cormorant You are likely to see more of these than the Pieds. Beware whilst fishing; they have become very adept at removing live bait from a submerged fish hook. So it may not be just the fish that are gobbling your bait. A dozen or so of these will hang out at the dolphin feeding centre in wait of a fishy treat. I took this close-up to highlight their most redeeming feature. 

Silver Gull Tend to stay along the shoreline, mainly feeding on Fish 'n' Chips.

Pied Oyster Catchers Often seen along our shoreline in pairs or in groups.

Far Eastern Curlew Their mournful Banchee, sounding cry can be heard at all hours of the night. Enough to make the hair on the back your neck stand on end if you are not aware of where it is coming from.

Bar-Tailed Godwit

The Sacred Kingfisher. Not so much a water bird but likes to reside near the coast for the chance to get the odd fish or two. 

The Masked Lapwing or Spurred Lapwing. Basically a land bird, but spends much time along the shoreline

Brahminy Kite


  1. great work kenny...we will be up to see you soon and spend some time in such a beautiful part of the world..D & J

    1. Thank you for your comment Joycey. We'll look forward to seeing you soon then! Cheers!