birding-aus Terek sandpipers

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Subject: birding-aus Terek sandpipers
From: John Clifton-Everest <>
Date: Mon, 22 Feb 1999 09:53:54 +1100

If anybody out there is interested, there are at least two Terek
Sandpipers back at Fishery Point in Botany Bay.  This is the first time
I have seen them there for about two years.
There was quite a nice little collection of waders there yesterday
(Sunday) morning, driven close in by a rising tide, though no rarities:
Grey-tailed Tattlers, Golden Plover, Curlew, Curlew-sandpiper, the
numerous Bar-tailed Godwits, and a lone Whimbrel, who is often there
hanging out with the Godwits.  Interestingly, one of the Godwits was
already in almost full russet breeding plumage, and one of the
Curlew-sandpipers also seemed to be coming into breeding plumage.  It
had acquired indistinct, broad and irregular bands across its flanks and
belly, and caused me a few minutes puzzlement before I decided it could
only be a CS. The bars appeared just dark, rather than particularly
reddish.  Is this normal for these birds when changing plumage?
John Clifton-Everest
Associate Professor John M. Clifton-Everest
Department of Germanic Studies
University of Sydney
(61) (2) 9351 2262
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