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From: "Tony Russel" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2012 16:15:38 +1030
Thought I'd follow up on these recent sightings at Thompsons Beach, ca 50km
north of Adelaide, so I took off about 11.30 to have a look.  Not very
successful I must say since the water's edge was about a kilometre from the
road, in some places probably nearer two, and that's where all the birds
were. I could see there were birds out there but at that distance there was
no chance of correct IDs, even with a scope. There was no way I intended to
walk out that far ( and back) so I returned to the Dublin roadhouse for a
quick bite, then home . Next time I might check the tides first!!  I hadn't
read the birdpedia note below before I went so had no idea of tide times.
Should have gone to Specsavers.


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Sent: Tuesday, 20 March 2012 1:35 PM
Subject: Birdpedia - Australia - Notification of a New General Sighting
Report - Members



The following sighting has just been reported:

Area: SA

Date: Monday, 19 March, 2012
Time: 1200-1700 hrs
Contact: Jeff Philcox
Location: Thompson Beach (SA)

Eastern Curlew (Numenius madagascariensis) (1) One seen at 1800hrs, feeding
in shallow water, 600m South of southern carpark.

Fairy Tern (Sterna nereis) (1) 82 counted in group + approximately 20
scattered nearby. They were resting near the tidal margin at 1400hrs,
directly in front of the central carpark.

The day was very warm with gusting Northerly winds. The banded stilt hordes
did not start arriving (from the North) at the sandflats to the South of the
central carpark until after 1430hrs, leaving the best feeding areas to
numerous red knots and approximately 150 great knots. The other usual
migratory wader species (Bar-tailed godwit, common greenshank, red-necked
stint, etc.) were present in smaller numbers. We counted 12 grey plovers.

High tide at 1600hrs was only 1.7m, enabling the waders to continue feeding
until dusk on an outgoing tide.

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