Ruff at Bicentennial Park and Richmond NSW

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Subject: Ruff at Bicentennial Park and Richmond NSW
From: "Edwin Vella" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2002 20:25:14 +1100
I am curious to find out if anyone would know whether the Ruff at Bicentennial Park is/looks very much the same bird that has been seen at Richmond (which has been present for over a month and still is). If anyone who saw the Ruff at Bicentennial Park could they please give a brief description (e.g.) colour of the legs, plumage details etc. Would much appreciate any response.
I saw the Ruff at Fernleighs Lagoon early yesterday morning (Sunday 29th Dec). This bird was associating with a flock of Grey Teal and waded quite well into deeper water than what most waders prefer. It seems fond of mainly one section of the lagoon on the eastern side. The only other migratory wader was a single Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. There were also only 3 Plumed Whistling-ducks at this lagoon. At Bakers Lagoon, no Yellow Wagtail but still c200 Sharp-tailed and 6 Marsh Sandpipers, a Bar-tailed Godwit and a Black-tailed Native-hen. A Peregrine came in but not the Black Falcon Graham Turner and others saw the previous day.
A good early 2 hours in Richmond.
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