Waders and Gouldians

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Subject: Waders and Gouldians
From: "Don and Llane Hadden" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 17:31:07 +0800
I was at the single sewage pond for Kupungarri aboriginal community (and Mt Barnett Roadhouse, Gibb River Rd Kimberleys) this morning 0600 hrs when I found 3 Oriental Plovers. They were in an adjacent pond area now totally dry except for one small damp patch. I sat in among the long grass with my camera and watched as they fed sometimes walking past  within 2m of me. At one time as I was looking through the view finder I glimpsed another wader so swung the lens across to that and found I was focussed on a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper. I hadn't even seen it arrive. Behind me in the full pond were 2 Common Sandpipers. I check at least once a day so these were all new arrivals. But while watching the waders I noticed there were finches feeding farther along. As there are numerous Long-tailed Finches here I presumed that was what they were. Looking through the binoculars I saw they were indeed Long-tails but near them was one solitary female Gouldian Finch. Beside her were 4 other finches that puzzled me briefly until I realised they were unmarked juvenile Gouldians. When the flock flew the 5 Gouldians went in a tight group by themselves while the Long-tails headed in another direction. As far as I can ascertain records of Gouldians here are few and far between these days.
Don Hadden
Don Hadden FPSNZ
Wildlife Photographer. Specialising in Australian and NZ birds
P O Box7123
Lismore Heights
NSW 2480
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