Marlo Ringed Plover STILL there

Subject: Marlo Ringed Plover STILL there
From: "Charles E V Nixon" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Mar 2002 16:00:33 +1100
As it is a long trip from either Melbourne or Sydney to Marlo I 
thought it worthwhile to report that Reg Clark and I saw the bird 
yesterday noon ( Mon. March 18 ). It was on the highest ridge of 
the beach c. 400m E of the mouth of the Snowy, with large 
numbers of Red-capped  and immature Double-banded Dotterels.
        The previous evening we failed to find it at a lower tide level. 
With several mudflat islands in the estuary to feed upon, most of 
the small plovers had deserted the beach altogether.
        It is perhaps also worth observing that the water levels in the 
estuary bore little resemblance to the state of the tide on the ocean 
side of the beach ( or indeed the "official" high tide times). There 
appeared to be a considerable time lag in the estuary, due, I 
suppose, to a complex combination of currents, wind and land 
configuration - at least a couple of hours.
        A six-footer may expect the water in the estuary 100m. E of 
the Mot's Beach car-park at fairly low tide to tickle the groin and 
wet any nether garment; shorter souls may have to hold equipment 
        Ted Nixon

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