Possible Pectoral Sandpiper - Sydney Olympic Park (& some other stuff)

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Subject: Possible Pectoral Sandpiper - Sydney Olympic Park (& some other stuff)
From: Thomas Wilson <>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:32:25 +1100
Hi all
I had a very ad hoc/unplanned trip to Sydney Olympic Park this morning (20 
Feb). At the waterbird refuge there was a single possible Pectoral Sandpiper 
that would be worth checking out. It was seen working in and out of the 
samphire near the water's edge about 50m to the right of the hide. Views from 
the hide were restricted to head only and it was best seen when looking back 
across the front of the hide (a long way) from the path. Distinctive feature 
was a very white belly with heavily marked breast and very distinct cut off 
between the two, which was what made me think Pectoral. Legs yellowish. A pale 
supercilium extended well beyond the eye and crown had no trace of chestnut. 
When it stood straight, it looked "tall". No Sharpies on site for a size 
comparison and no pics possible unfortunately (too far away and camera battery 
discovered to be flat - that's what happens with ad hoc trips...). I have also 
reported this in the NSW/ACT Birders Facebook site and I think there may be 
others heading out tomorrow to check it out (hoping it's still there).
Also at the hide was a small covey of Brown Quail (saw 1, reckon 6 based on 
locations of calls) in the long grass/scrub just to the right when looking out 
of the hide. I didn't try to count the Red-necked Avocets but a good number of 
them and several busy groups of Black-fronted Dotterels too. There have been 3 
Australasian Shovelers reported recently, but I could not find them.
At nearby Mason Park, there were about 40 Sharpies (although they flew off and 
headed away before I could count properly). The flew off up the canal, so may 
have been heading for a site on Parramatta River or somewhere like that? There 
is a lone Pink-eared Duck at that site too.
Tom Wilson
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