Went out to the sunshine coast this morning on the first ferry to see if any rock sandpipers were available for a viewing at mission point.
Unfortunately, they were not home, i thought i had timed the tides right, rising tide, high tide at 12pm, it all sounded good.
When i arrived there was plenty of beach left and the spit stretched out pretty good. Nothing but gulls however, in the past i've gotten surfbirds, oystercatchers, turnstones and yes, rock sandpiper, reason i was coming back was because i need better shots.
Plan B was a spot i know of that has been reliable for dippers in the past, this time i got them but there was a lot of sitting around on the rocks waiting for the birds (2 that i saw) to work their way back to where i was set up. 1 1/2 hours and 375 shots later, i was ready to head back to the ferry.
I wonder if the rock sandpipers (1 was reported last week or the week before) are more reliable there on the afternoon tide?
Kinda not great for those morning or 1/2 day trips across.