|Subject:||grey or wandering tattlers|
|From:||Frank O'Connor <>|
|Date:||Thu, 16 Jan 2003 13:56:47 +0800|
Being from the west, I haven't seen Wandering Tattlers very often.
But those I have seen at Hastings Point NSW, Sunshine Coast Qld, Norfolk
Island and Lord Howe Island were quite obvious and left me in no doubt
when I saw them.|
1. They were darker above, but this is a relative thing.
2. They bob up and down like a Common Sandpiper, which I haven't seen Grey-tailed do.
3. They have always been on rocky shorelines, but Grey-tailed can be also.
4. The different supercilium is noticable if you look hard enough for it with good optics, but this is a very relative feature, and still left me with some doubt.
5. The call is distinctive, but you usually need to flush the birds to get them to call. You should avoid flushing birds anyway, and after being flushed it is no longer there .... :-(
At 16:32 16/01/2003 +1300, Brent Stephenson wrote:
Call is one way of IDing these guys, but after you have seen both species, I feel that they definitely have a different jizz and tone to the grey of the upperparts. This however, is a relative thing, and takes a little practice, but I feel that it can be conclusive .
Frank O'Connor Birding WA http://members.iinet.net.au/~foconnorPhone : (08) 9386 5694 Email : Birding-Aus is on the Web at www.shc.melb.catholic.edu.au/home/birding/index.html To unsubscribe from this mailing list, send the message "unsubscribe birding-aus" (no quotes, no Subject line) to
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