ID help, please

To: "Birding-aus" <>
Subject: ID help, please
From: "Robyn Howard" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 10:25:24 +1000
Bird observed 08/09/05 at Coolmunda Dam near Inglewood, Southern Queensland.


Probably 17 - 18 cm

Very white below, plain pale light-brown or fawn above (i.e. no scalloping
or markings on feathers), excepting for pale rufous-washed collar to upper
breast sides.

Under tail tipped black.

Bill black, probably sharp and slightly down-curved.   Black of bill
continued back through and past black eyes.

Forehead white.

Legs black, fine and longish.

In profile, it was very reminiscent of a Pratincole, but smaller.

Bobbed constantly.   Moved furtively in short spurts.   Did not fly even
when we were fairly close.

It was about 50 metres from the water on a very pebbly area.

There were a few Red-capped Plovers down on the water-line, but they looked
dissimilar and behaved quite differently.


I am no expert on waders, etc., and this has me completely baffled.   The
other person who was with me and I both looked through several field guides
without success.


Hope I can get some help or perhaps someone else has seen the bird.




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