Handicapped shorebirds

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Subject: Handicapped shorebirds
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 2006 19:25:38 +1100
Does anyone know why so many of the smaller waders at Werribee (particularly
sharpies and stints) have injured or missing legs?  Including 'mildly
disabled' eg a slight limp, I would say the proportion could be one in 20,
or perhaps even a higher proportion. The 'leg missing' ones are obvious in a
moving flock, because they proceed by hopping, standing out like kangaroos
in a mob of sheep.  Is it possible the injured ones don't migrate, and


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