Stint at Kellys

To: "Michael & Janette Lenz" <>
Subject: Stint at Kellys
From: "Stuart Cooney" <>
Date: Sun, 22 Oct 2006 18:05:53 +1000 (EST)
I can't contribute much, except to say that I too, noticed the dark breast
band and thought "hmmm?" to myself, before I happily accepted the common
wisdom at the time (RNS, rather than LTS).  I only had my bins though.

Despite another 5ish hours looking for the Little Bittern (to add to
perhaps 50 in Melbourne and Brisbane) it failed to show this weekend. 
Dipped on the Lewin's Rail also mentioned earlier in the week, but any
morning in which one sees three crakes (Baillon's, Spotted and Spotless,
but not the BBR), no matter how frigid (and it was frigid) is a good
morning in my book.  And it was nice to put some names to faces as well!


> Well, I saw the bird early in the morning. Based mainly on leg colour (and
> I focussed on this for a while) I identified it as a Red-necked Stint (The
> bird was never deep in mud, legs at the most halfway in it, would assume
> the true pale  colour of the legs would have shown at least in their upper
> parts). I couldn't tell wether the breast band was unbroken or not.
> Overall it seemed to be a fairly grey bird and the cap also less
> pronounced, both features may also support Red-necked Stint.
> My vision may have been a bit shaky, it was very cold at 6.15 h.
> It would seem, we need further opinions.
> Michael Lenz

Stuart Cooney
PhD Candidate--Hooded Parrot Ecology
Department of Botany and Zoology
Australian National University
Canberra, ACT, 0200

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Stuart Cooney
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PO Box 61
Katherine, NT, 0851

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