KP still here

Subject: KP still here
From: "Charles E V Nixon" <>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 12:21:26 +1100
On Monday March 11 Bill MacLean, Ian McAllan, Charlie Andrews 
and I made a second pilgrimage to Old Bar, arriving at 7.45 am just 
before a 1.6m. high tide. This made all the difference. To our delight 
( and relief ) there was no sign of the sand island in the estuary, a 
troublesome survival of a 1.1m. high tide the previous Thurs. Unlike 
on Thurs. the beach was alive with small plovers. Bill located the 
KP 30m south of the pink cup, and after a couple of repositionings 
the bird gave us splendid close views. We could see why there was 
a debate as to whether there were 1or 2 birds. The head is not 
symmetrical. Presumably because of moult, the left side is spottier 
than the right, with a large white spot over the eye being 
particularly conspicuous. This results in a distinctly different 
appearance, with the clear supercilium of the right side almost 
disappearing on the left, so to speak.
        There were many more juvenile Double-banded Plovers than 
last week, but no sign of the Sanderlings and Mongolian Dotterels, 
which may well have been elsewhere around the estuary, of course.
        The Ospreys put on a spectacular display flight overhead, 
calling the while; there was a third bird in the distance.
        Ian took the battered corpse of a Little Shearwater ( Tony's?) 
back for the Museum.
        Bill was energetic enough to drive to Marlo at 4 this morning for 
the Ringed Plover. 
Good on him! I hope I'm half as lively when I get to his age!
        Happy birding,
                        Ted Nixon
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