Sanderling at Boat Harbour

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Subject: Sanderling at Boat Harbour
From: John Clifton-Everest <>
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2002 16:08:00 +1100
Dear all,
I took a UK visitor to Boat Harbour (northern end of Cronulla beach,
Sydney) yesterday (Thursday). Conditions were ideal, with choppy seas
and a very high tide forcing all roosting birds on to a conveniently
small area of the rock platform.
Among the numerous Red-necked Stints was a Sanderling.  This is a
species I know fairly well from Europe, and though this one was not
quite the classic Sanderling of the field guides -- it had a remnant of
reddish brown over its shoulder merging into the usual dark smudge at
the shoulder, as though the moult was not quite complete -- it had
everything else a Sanderling should have: pronounced wing-bar, dark legs
and bill, pure white underneath and soft grey streaking over crown, as
well as being an inch or so longer than the Stints it was consorting

Also present:
Pacific Golden Plover c.25
Ruddy Turnstone c.40
Red-necked Stint c.150
Lesser Sand-plover 2
Sooty Oystercatcher 1
Little, Common and Crested Terns
as well as the usual commoners

John Clifton-Everest

Associate Professor John M. Clifton-Everest
Department of Germanic Studies
University of Sydney
(61) (2) 9351 2262
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