Arrival in the town of Broome was a very hot and humid affair and the humidity levels were up to 90% during the first 3 days. I struggled with this to begin with. The observatory itself is great and is named as "The shorebird capital of Australia"
The first 3 days were spent birding the areas around Broome including the local sewage farm which attracts a lot of the rarities to the area. Also setting up equipment, being briefed on what lay ahead and integrating with the other expedition team members. We also attempted canon netting once a day each day with the first 2 attempts failing due to either the weather where we had a severe storm over us at high tide and then just due to the fact that the waders wouldn't come in to the trapping area.
A waders eye view of the flats at wader beach, Broome.
Above image shows you a canon hidden as we coud not dig these in to the ground as the substrate was so hard, however we did finally catch on our 3rd attempt.
I was fortunate enough to be on the Great Knot processing team and really enjoyed banding-ringing these birds, taking the biometrics and just enjoying them in the hand.
As the sun set below at the end of the 3rd day and our last day at Broome before we head off tomorrow for our next destination and the main base of our expedition.