RE:Breeding Godwits et al

Subject: RE:Breeding Godwits et al
From: "Stuart Harris" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 23:58:37 +1000
A trip to Comerong Island (near Nowra) on the weekend revealed two of the three birds you mentioned in breeding plumage, the omission being the Red capped plover. Please view quite bold breeding colouration on Double banded plover photos I have submitted to the photogallery for inclusion. We came across a large group of these numbering no less than 120 (approx), somewhat akin to a luggage collection lounge at the airport after a long flight from NZ.

Stuart Harris

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To: "John Cummings" <>
Subject: RE: [canberrabirds] Bar-tailed Godwits
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 10:39:51 +1000

None of the Bar-tailed Godwits I saw over the weekend showed any sign of
breeding plumage. The birds at Wallaga Lake could have numbered up to 100
possibly as they were difficult to count and spread out across the lake at
low tide - so 50 was a conservative number. I think most may be gone soon
as the weather has been unseasonably warm up to now along the coast.

Many of the Red-capped Plovers were in breeding plumage, but none of the
Double-banded Plovers were this time (as opposed to my last trip down that
way in April).


"John Cummings" <>
15/06/2005 10:31 AM

"Julienne Kamprad" <>,

RE: [canberrabirds] Bar-tailed Godwits  +Azure KF, Black Falcon, W
Goshawk, Pilotbird

Some times first year birds will over winter.  I have more often seen
Whimbrels and Eastern Curlews here during winter.  20 is a fair number,
were they at a high tide roost?

Depending on departure and return we will often see migratory waders in
breeding plumage.  Bar-tailed Godwits are the most noticed probably due to
size and color.

All my experience is from further north so there may be some variations
this far south.

Were these birds showing breeding plumage?

Sounds a great weekend.

John Cummings

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From:Julienne Kamprad 
Sent: Wednesday, 15 June 2005 9:23 AM
To: ; 
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Bar-tailed Godwits +Azure KF, Black Falcon, W
Goshawk, Pilotbird

Dear Coggers
It seems  the Bar-tailed Godwits are overwintering. Do we ever see them in
breeding plumage in Australia?

Julienne K

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