Blackbirds in central western NSW

To: "Denise Goodfellow" <>, "brian fleming" <>, "Graham Turner" <>, <>
Subject: Blackbirds in central western NSW
From: "Roger Giller" <>
Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 20:19:29 +1000
I accompanied some friends on a cruise of the Hunter Estuary at Newcastle a couple of years ago. As we drifted along past the Kooragang Dykes the commentator/captain of the tour boat made a point of explaining the importance of the area for birds, citing Ramsar etc. Then someone asked him about "those black and white birds with the red legs and long red beak." He assured the lady that they were "Mexican Plovers". I never got the chance to ask him if he had ever seen any Pied Oystercatchers in the area!


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