NSW-Sydney_Penhryn Estuary - interesting stint and others

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Subject: NSW-Sydney_Penhryn Estuary - interesting stint and others
From: "Frank Hemmings" <>
Date: Thu, 1 Nov 2007 10:27:49 +1100
Went to Penhryn estuary today, only migratory waders in the estuary itself were 
Bar-tailed Godwits (don't know where the red knots or pacific Golden Plovers 
were/are?).  Also of interest was a lone Little Egret in the estuary.  Walked 
around to the bayside edge of the sandspit, saw 2 Red-capped Plovers, 5 Little 
Terns and a group of 6 stints. 5 were Red-necked Stints and one other probably 
was an unusual juvenile moulting into Immature (first winter?) plumage, but was 
noticeably different from the others.  Unfortunately it was off the edge of the 
group to begin with so never had it in the same field of view in the scope as 
the others and was walking away from them (heading east).  Particularly 
noticeable were: 1) thin white lines on mantle, not very visible when the bird 
was "puffed" up; 2) a second cream-whitish (looked more cream but may have been 
early morning light or not) line on  ?median coverst/upper scapulars, prominent 
on the birds right side not noticeable on the left; 3) a few scapular/covert 
feathers above the 'cream' line regoin (over both sides of body) with distinct 
rufous margins, appearing rufous around the whole edge of the feather rather 
than rufous on one side and more buff on the other as depicted in HANZAB; 4) 
darker feathers below the cream line on ?Greater coverts.  Sorry but my 
knowledge of all the areas of wing feathers isn't that good.  the overall 
impression was of darker feathers on the 'lower' part of the wing and a cream 
line, and a scattering of broadly rufous fringed feathers.  No chance to 
compare bill/bill tip with the others by the time I had a good look.  Legs were 
black so probably a red-necked Stint but at the risk of putting my neck out 
there I thought it may have been a possible juvenile moulting  into first 
winter plumaged Little Stint.  I'd be pleased if someone else saw it and told 
me what they think it is.  If you take the road/track which heads out form the 
car park to the bay, then walk straight out as the road bends, walk towards the 
shore and go down the slope towards the sandspit you'll be in the same area.  


PS: Sorry, I have no photos I don't take them, it's a real pain in a situation 
like this

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(Mr.) Frank Hemmings
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