Golden Plover at WTP

To: jenny spry <>
Subject: Golden Plover at WTP
From: Chris Gregory <>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 23:59:38 +1000
Hi Jenny

These sightings seem to crop from year to year, A few years ago we had one
here in Sydney at Port Botany. Absolutely convinced it was an AGP,  Despite
many photos the powers to be weren't persuaded and suggested poo/ feather
samples were required for DNA analysis. It's a tough one. I doubt photos
will do it.

Good luck though

Chris Gregory

On 16 September 2011 21:00, jenny spry <> wrote:

> Hi all,
> While at WTP today I found a plover at the north-west corner of 35 E 9, the
> western Conservation Pond. The bird moved from the small muddy puddle on
> the
> left as one rounds the n-w corner, across the road into the n-w corner of
> the Conservation Pond. It was a single bird by itself and showed no
> inclination to leave the area. I watched the bird from approx 1200 to 1245.
> At first sight I put it down as a Pacific Golden Plover. As I watched I
> became less sure but as I have seen very few Pacific Golden Plover in
> transitional plumage I took many photos and sent them to Mike Carter.
> I have since spoken to Mike and there is a possibility that the bird is an
> American Golden Plover. I don't want to string anyone with this report as
> diagnosing AGP against PGP is very difficult and some more flight photos
> and
> study will be needed. Mike's comment in an email is:
>   This bird seems a classic American to me. Seen around midday today on a
> pond beside the Conservation Ponds at WTP. Other opinions please. What
> worries me is that these potential American's are always seen at this time
> of year and then morph into Pacific's.
> Any further sightings and photos would be helpful. Even if the result is
> that it is a Pacific Golden Plover it is still in about 50% breeding
> plumage
> and well worth seeing
> cheers
> Jen
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