Oriental Pratincoles at Mount Isa

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Subject: Oriental Pratincoles at Mount Isa
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2001 17:40:47 +1000
G'day all,
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Today, fellow birdo Darlene Kneen, my neighbours, their visiting
family from the A.C.T.  , our 4 dogs and I went to the junction of
Spring Ck and Lake Moondarra for a swim. Temp was a little warm at

Before we left we had a quick scan around the lake with the scope
and Darlene picked up a Great Crested Grebe.
Just as we pulled away from the waters edge we counted 18 Oriental
Pratincoles. They were standing at the waters edge, spread out over
40m. A few were in adult plumage with the remainder in moult
plumage. All had their mouths open.

See my earlier posting
(As I did not include the words "Oriental Pratincole in the body of
the message  "Searching the Archives with the words "Oriental
Pratincole" will not pull out that posting. The Search Facility
apparently does not include in its search the Subject Heading...)

In that posting one bird was seen at the southern side of the Wide
Bay on the western side of Lake Moondarra on 10/12/2001
Oriental Pratincoles have been rare visitors to the Isa except for
an influx in 1967.

Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.

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