mystery bird

To: "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: mystery bird
From: "Chris Baxter" <>
Date: Wed, 1 Sep 2010 22:43:26 +0930
Hi All


I have here an excerpt of email description of a mystery bird seen at
Lorella Springs, Gulf Of Carpentaria, by friends of mine recently. I have
uploaded a poor quality photo at


Please have a look and any id suggestions will be much appreciated.




Chris Baxter



Hi Chris,
hope you are all well and your back into the swing of things.
We got back last night and had a great holiday.
We spent most of our time at Lorella Srings in the Gulf country. When we
were there we went out to the coast and saw a pair of unusual birds (approx
1.5 km inland) and I was hoping you could help.
At first we thought they were Aust. Pratincoles and at a closer look we
discounted that. 
We had binoculars and the scope so we managed to get a good look. By the
time I went back and got the camera they had flown some distance off
The birds were 22 >26 cm and very erect in their stance. The back was brown
and slightly scalloped markings. The chin was white, a white eyebrow and
dark eyes.
They had a longish flesh coloured bill and slightly darker very long legs.
Darkish band on the belly of one of them (see photo).
The tail was very long and tapered and nearly touched the ground. Lot of
tail bobbing. did not fly like Pratincole. were perched on dead shrub.
We're just not sure what they are after gonig through the guide there was
nothing that seemed to fit the birds features / behaviour.
Any ideas? do you think it is a Pratincole and have we got it wrong


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