two Wandering TattlerS at Long Reef, Sydney, NSW (was Sanderling...)

To: "Nikolas Haass" <>, "birding-aus" <>
Subject: two Wandering TattlerS at Long Reef, Sydney, NSW (was Sanderling...)
From: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 18:57:51 +1100
Nikolas (and birding-aus)
On the Tattlers, I presume you refer to the bird on the left of the pair photographed by Tun Ping Ong 3 weeks ago that was posted to Eremaea ( There was another paler looking bird, which may have been a possible Wandering in the same area as the definite (ie very grey) Wandering Tattler which had a pale lower mandible and more white about the head/neck, like the picture. I saw that one first but thought it was probably a Grey Tailed, and got onto the darker bird a few minutes later as it was juggling a crab in an open pool and didn't look for the first bird again.

As for the possible Sanderling, it looked like there was some darker smudging in the carpal area when it was at rest, but I never managed to get the bird feeding/resting with the sun behind me to have a good look at the finer details. (I was slowly working my way round into the right position when the paraglider spooked them.) My attention was primarily caught by the size, then the paleness about the head and shoulders and the absence of the scalloping/feather definition that the Stints showed. The flight views I got were when it headed for the rocks and disappeared.

Tom Wilson

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