Wader ID

To: "'Phil Straw'" <>, "'Birding Aus'" <>, <>
Subject: Wader ID
From: "Jeff Davies" <>
Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 15:30:15 +1100
G'day Phil,

I agree with Sharp-tailed Sand for image 1, and juvenile Red Knot for image
3, but I suspect image 2 is not a Tattler but also a Knot moulting out of
worn breeding plumage( note the trashed wing) the question is which species.
At first glance the dumpy shape, general plainness of the fresh plumage,
obvious pale supercilium and plain grey fresh scapulars would suggest a
longish billed Red Knot. But the bird has some very entirely black retained
worn scapulars and not one retained orange belly feather( although they
could of all been replaced) and the dark centred feathers on the sides of
the breast are a problem. I suspect this bird may in fact be a Great Knot.

Cheers Jeff Davies.

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Phil Straw
Sent: Sunday, 18 October 2009 12:27 AM
To: Birding Aus; 
Subject: Wader ID

Hi Mark,

You have reasonably clear photos of Grey-tailed Tattler, Red Knot,  
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone and Red-necked Stint and a  
bird with a very blurred head.

Suggest, if you have time you come along to the advanced shorebird  
workshop being put on by BASNA in Sydney on 8th November. We will be  
covering a lot of species as well as ageing and sexing in the field.  
The Shorebirds 2020 workshop on 7th November may also be of interest,  
and that one is free. Not sure if there are places left for either at  
this stage.


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Birds Australia <>
> Date: 15 October 2009 10:10:21 AM AEDT
> To: BASNA <>
> Subject: BASNA e-News 15th October 2009
> ----------------------------------------------------
> BASNA e-News 15th October 2009
> ----------------------------------------------------
> Do you want to help Waders?
> Are you interested in Shorebird conservation, and would like to  
> assist with population counts in your local area?
> Getting in touch with existing shorebird contacts is the best way to  
> find out about existing counting activities as well as get support  
> from experienced shorebird counters whilst learning.
> If you are interested, but are not confident in wader identification  
> or how to count them, Birds Australia is conducting a shorebird  
> workshop on Saturday 7 November at the Birds Australia Discovery  
> Centre. The day will consist of a morning indoor session covering  
> shorebird ecology, identification and counting, followed by a field  
> trip to see various shorebirds in their habitats in the Parramatta  
> River estuary.
> Meet at the Armory gate, by the Parramatta River, at the end of  
> Jamieson St at  8:45 am  - plenty of parking nearby. The day will  
> finish at 3:00 pm.
> If you need a lift, let us know.
> This is a free workshop, supported by the Shorebirds 2020 project.
> Contact Pixie at the BASNA office Tel: 02 9647 1033
>   or
> Phil Straw at 
> And don't forget that there is the advanced workshop on the  
> following day (see below) for those who feel confident and would  
> like to learn more.
> More Waders for Birders
> Sunday November 8th
> Venue to be advised
> 8:30 am - 3.00 pm approx
> This course is aimed at those who already have some knowledge of  
> shorebirds and would like to build on this. By the end of the day we  
> hope you will:
> .      Have improved your identification knowledge by learning  
> advanced ID skills
> .      Be able to determine the sex and age of shorebirds in the field
> .      Be able to spot a wader that looks out of the ordinary
> .      Have a better understanding of wader feeding ecology and how  
> this is beneficial in the field
> .      Shorebird migration
> .      How much of the declines in numbers are a result of impacts  
> in the Flyway and in Australia
> .      What is being done about Shorebird conservation
> The course will be presented by Phil Straw, Phil has been a  
> professional ornithologist for much of his time since 1960. He is  
> now a consultant avian and wetlands ecologist working full time on  
> shorebird habitat assessment, restoration, design or construction in  
> Australia as well as other parts of the East Asian Australasian  
> Flyway. Much of his spare time as Vice Chairman of the Australian  
> Wader Studies Group is spent on shorebird conservation.
> This will be classroom based with field trip activity.
> Numbers will be limited so book early by returning a registration  
> form from our Sydney office.
> To request a form, email   or call Pixie  
> at BASNA office. Ph: (02) 9647 1033 for more information.
> $59 for Birds Australia members and $69 for non-members (incl GST)
> What to bring:
> .        Binoculars
> .        Lunch
> .        Water
> .        Sunblock & hat (recommended)
> .        Wet weather gear (if wet).
> .        Spotting scope (optional)

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