By the looks of it, you're not missing anything - size, shape, bill and plain
face all point to Ruff for me.
They're rare but regular migrants in very small numbers in SW WA (there's one
currently at Lake McLarty near Mandurah), but I can't comment on their rarity
at Werribee - no doubt someone else can though.
> Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 04:38:40 -0500
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Western Treatment Plant Wader ID Help
> I'm an American birder who has reached the end of his fifth Aussie birding
> trip. On Sunday this week, I was out at the WTP in Werribee, Victoria, and
> I saw a wader that I could use some help with.
> It was originally with three Common Greenshanks, and was slightly smaller
> than them, and obviously different. It had yellow legs, quite long. It
> flew and it was seen a little while later on a different pond. I was with a
> local birder, and I'm sorry, but I can't tell you which ponds we saw it on,
> but he would probably know, if it matters.
> We pondered the possibilities and came up with Great Knot, but that was
> before we saw the yellow legs so clearly, on the second pond. The legs also
> seemed too long for Great Knot, and the bill length seemed too short.
> I took some pictures, at too great a distance, and with a hand held point
> and shoot super zoom camera, so they aren't good at all, but maybe they are
> good enough to help with an ID. The pictures can be seen here:
> The only bird in my field guide that seems to match all the features is
> Ruff, but I realize that that would be a rarity, so I am skeptical. What am
> I missing? Help please?
> Barry Brugman
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