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Subject: PENRHYN ESTUARY, SYDNEY - 3/10/06
From: "Graham Buchan" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Oct 2006 17:23:59 +1000

Counts from this morning (SE strong breeze):

Pacific Golden Plover    6 (4 yesterday, 2 day before)
Red-Necked Stint        13 (1 orange tagged right tibia)
Red-Capped Plover        4
Grey Plover                Nil (not seen since Sunday - seemed to go with the 
Sharpies                     Nil
Curlew Sandpiper        Nil (not seen since Friday last week)
Red Knot                    2 (1 non-breeding, 1 intermediate)
Bar-Tailed Godwit        35
Crested Tern                41 (6 adults (2 mating) remainder juvenile)
White-Fronted Tern        1 (always seen with Crested Terns)
Other Terns                   Nil
Silver Gull                    70+

The PGPs all together allowed for good comparisons. There is much individual 
plumage variation, with one bird having an almost Gey Plover neck pattern, 
another with a distinct solid golden streak from forehead half way into the 
crown. Some are much more golden spangled, others much greyer. Primary 
projection beyond tail varied from 0 to 3 primary tips. Tertials due to moult 
differences likewise varied from ending at the tail end to exposing 5 primary 
tips. They were all located on or close to the oyster bed (along with 7 

Yesterday, was out west at Pitt Town Lagoon and Cornwallis Rd areas. The water 
levels of the various lagoons were high. Pitt Town looks as if it will be good 
in a few weeks as the water levels fall. Not much of real note anywhere.



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