Yellow Wagtails at Ash Island

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Subject: Yellow Wagtails at Ash Island
From: "Alan Morris" <>
Date: Tue, 4 Feb 2003 16:37:57 +1100
Hi Birders,
Today between 1300-1330 Anne & I paid a short visit to the Ash Island Ponds on Kooragang Island, Hunter Estuary NSW. No sooner had we reached post No 19 on Wagatil Way, Ash island ponds, a Pipit-likr bird flew from the dge of the gravel and landed on the road, and we had a good two minutes view of a yellow Wagtail of a bird at 15 metres. This bird had a yellow throat, white chest and whitish underparts, grey on the head, green-grey back, white wing bars but had a prominent pale yellow eye stripe. It disappeared from view, so we drove slowly up Wagtail Way and returned 10 minutes later. In about the same location between Post 20 & 19, there were two Yellow Wagtails, one bird similar to the one described above while the other had a prominent white eye stripe. Another bird watcher arrived and we showed him the birds and then departed. There were plenty of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Marsh Sandpipers, Greenshanks and Black-winged Stilts to see, along with the usual other waterbirds and a Swamp Harrier and a Black-shouldered Kite.
Alan Morris
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