The report from the Queensland Wader Study Group on the Wader
Identification Day held at Manly Boat Harbour. Total number of birds
was approximately 2000. The ID days for waders are also a good
opportunity to compare the wide variety of telescopes on hand. I spent
some time myself comparing the Leica Apo-televid and the Swarovski HD.
My thanks to the Keates for preparing the report that follows.
Manly - Wader Identification
12 December 1999
Thirty-three people, some travelling from the Gold Coast, Boonah and
Gympie, attended the wader identification day at the high tide roost
site at Manly Boat Harbour.
After overnight rain the water level in the lagoons had risen slightly
from the day before. The gentle SE breeze at 11 am gained considerably
in strength by the time we finished at 1 pm. Observers enjoyed good
views of 25 species, mostly waders and terns. Two species were sighted
with green leg flags, Lesser Sand Plover and Great Knot as well as a
Pied Oystercatcher with a metal band. However, there was no sign of the
South Island Pied Oystercatcher seen at this site 2 weeks earlier.
Species recorded were-
Great Egret, Little Pied Cormorant, Osprey, Pied Oystercatcher, Pacific
Golden Plover, Red-capped Plover, Lesser Sand Plover, Greater Sand
Plover, Bar-tailed Godwit, Whimbrel, Eastern Curlew, Common Greenshank,
Grey-tailed Tattler, Terek Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Great
Knot, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Silver
Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Crested Tern, Little Tern.
Sheryl & Arthur Keates
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