Re: Full Breeding Curlew Sandpiper

Subject: Re: Full Breeding Curlew Sandpiper
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2005 12:59:36 +1100

A friend took a photo of a flock of waders near Geelong, Victoria  yesterday.   When he looked (and digitally zoomed) the photos there was a full breeding Curlew Sandpiper amongst them.
The bird was totally red, and not just partially coloured.

Do Curlew Sandpipers breed this time of year in the northern hemishere, and this bird has recently migrated? Or would the bird have 'coloured up' while in Australia?

Is it be possible that the unusual heavy rains this time of year triggered a breeding response in this bird?

Any comments appreciated.

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