I have posted two photos on the web
larger one the only one I have of multitple birds (or at least in focus
vaguely). I was unaware that 12 was such an unusual number, and would, if I
had known, bothered to count more accurately and get photos of more birds.
However, as it is, I can say with confidence that there were at least 10+
(as I say, I am not entirely sure that there were 12 as I didnt count very
accurately, but that was my impression) Tattlers (again, I didnt check every
bird down to the last feather, but I would think I would have noticed a
different bird ie Grey-tailed). I hope the photos can provide some medium of
understanding. I am happy to send people larger versions of photos if they
still doubt the identity, or would like to see some more shots. I may well,
in time, upload some more photos to the same place.
The group of tattlers were in the same place (or close together), and when I
sat down behind a rock, I could keep most of them in sight. Before they were
there, I flushed two groups of 5-6 birds each when walking up the beach in
search of them, and they landed in this, what seemed to be a favourite
roosting site .
As for the call, the one bird that did call when I flushed it (I tried to
flush them as little as possible) gave a trilling type of call. I have
photos of birds in flight, if that is also necessary.
As I say, feel free to contact me regarding further info.