Possible Pectoral Sandpiper

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Subject: Possible Pectoral Sandpiper
From: Thomas Wilson <>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:31:43 +1100
Hi all
As noted, another observer went to look for the possible Pectoral Sandpiper 
this morning and obtained better views than I got yesterday and photos.  
Consensus on the Facebook page is that it is a Sharpie, albeit not quite out of 
the field guide and (perhaps unusually) on its own.  Thanks Max Breckenridge 
for the follow up.  And so a brief flurry of excitement dies down...
Tom Wilson 
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> Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 20:32:25 +1100
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Possible Pectoral Sandpip
> 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) fr
> om 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 t
> hem.
> 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.
> Cheers
> Tom Wilson
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