birding-aus Wandering Tattler

To: "Tom Clarke" <>, "birding-aus" <>, "Adrian Ryan" <>, "Harold Tarrant" <>, "Peter Ekert" <>, "Peter McLauchlan" <>, "Peter Phillips" <>, "Phillip Rankin" <>, "Sue Hamonet" <>
Subject: birding-aus Wandering Tattler
From: "Alan Stuart" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 1999 20:11:42 +1100
While a group of us were surveying waders in the Hunter River estuary
today, we found one Wandering Tattler.   Phil Straw was with us and it was
his eagle eye that first picked it out.  It was just 50m or so north of the
Stockton Bridge, where Fullerton Cove starts.

When first seen it was with a small number of Grey-tailed Tattler and we
were able to watch it for quite some time and to make good comparisons
between the two species.  The folded wings clearly extended beyond the end
of the tail, and the eye stripe was shorter.  Then they all flew and joined
a much larger group of G-t T.  It probably would be hard to pick it out in
such a crowd, but it's worth looking out for if anyone else happens to be
in the Newcastle area.

Also, on Ash Island which is further upstream in the estuary, there was a
pair of Black-necked Stork.  These were feeding in the pond closest to the
railway line.

Alan Stuart

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