Wandering Tattlers at Calloundra

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Subject: Wandering Tattlers at Calloundra
From: "Crispin Marsh" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Dec 2006 13:42:59 +1100
Dear Birders,
Many thanks to the birders who responded to my request for information about 
wandering tattlers reported to be quite regularly seen at Calloundra headland 
on the Queensland Sunshine Coast.

I ducked up there on Wednesday 6 December after business meetings in Brisbane 
and stayed in a motel in Calloundra. I was up early on the 7th before dog 
walkers and their ilk got out on the rock platform around the Calloundra 
headland. I quite quickly saw a group of 4 tattlers and spent an hour following 
them around. They clearly had white eyebrows that stopped at the eye, primary 
wing feathers extending noticeably beyond the tail and a longish nasal groove. 
I tried very hard to get a call out of them but had no luck! I believe that 
they were wandering tattlers.

I took a number of photos and would welcome requests from anyone who would like 
to check my analysis. Send me your e-mail address and I will respond with the 
images - I am not techno literate enough to get them onto my web site at this 
stage I am afraid.

After leaving Calloundra I went to the wader roost at Toorbul arriving an hour 
or so before high tide. There were a mass of birds present but seemingly all 
common species.Best sighting was the pair of nesting osprey just as one enters 
Toorbul. Boondal wetlands later in the day was much the same - nothing special 
but great sightings of mangrove honeyeater, red backed and variegated fairy 
wren and a bee eater spending some time making sure the wasp it had caught was 
dead before swallowing it.
Peter Marsh
Birchgrove NSW

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