Waders at Mount Isa

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Subject: Waders at Mount Isa
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2001 21:19:01 +1000
g'day all,
Yesterday afternoon, Frank Pierce and Janet Mattiske  from Victoria and I visited the west side of Lake Moondarra and concentrated  on the waders.
We visited both Spring Ck bay and the bigger wider bay to the south. The cygnets of several pairs of Black Swans had now almost reached 2/3rds full size. The numbers of Great Crested Grebe were down to a lone two.
At both bays we observed single Snipe in the water out a metre from the shore either feeding or just meditating the meaning of life.
They were all in open territory unlike most of my previous sightings of them hiding in 40cm high reeds.
Unfortunately they did not exhibit enough characteristics to identify the species.
We noted Oriental Plover at Spring Ck Bay
But.....just before dusk, at "Wide Bay",  Frank saw 2 birds land over 150m from us. 
We were able to get close enough with our scopes to identify them as Grey Plover
These were a new bird for me. They had not been recorded in inland Australia for the first atlas.
The single Black-tailed Godwit I saw at Wide Bay last week was not seen.
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
ps    Today we ignored waders so Frank & Janet could get a Painted Finch tick. We went to Stone Axe Ck bay and saw them within minutes of arriving. We also recorded Black-tailed Treecreeper, Spinifex Pigeon, Bustard, Brolga and fleeting views of several Spinifexbird.  A Sea-Eagle kept a plaintive calling watch flying over its nest at the mouth of Stone Axe Ck. Unfortunately the Pictorella's I saw last year are still absent.
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