That wotsit

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Subject: That wotsit
From: "Geoffrey Dabb" <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2006 12:04:47 +1000

A hearty well done to those responders (6 of 10) who, without more information, recognized an Oriental Plover.  There’s enough there for a spare Twitchathon team.  Key features are the cheek patch and long yellow legs.  I thought that was an interesting little test, because it was not an easy one at first.  We found 2 last Wednesday on the Oolambeyan trip, south of the park, about 50 km SSE of Hay.  They were feeding on ‘hoppers in a paddock along with 50+ Banded Lapwing and an A Pratincole.  We picked them up when we stopped to watch the lapwings.  I wasn’t carrying a field guide but Mike Grigg had one, and it got some rapid thumbing, I can tell you. 


In the pic I showed I increased the contrast a little to bring up the features, and Sue Lashko pointed out that one would expect that cheek patch to be more of a smudge.  This is a more natural shot.  I have a poorer shot showing the buff-grey on the chest.  I might have some useful video as well  -  although I was getting blown about a bit by the wind.






The interesting thing about this ob is that it is outside the Australian range of this trans-equatorial migrant as given in the usual guides.  The only record for the 4 years of the latest BA Atlas in NSW, Vic or SA is a single record for what looks to be about Yamba on the coast;  indeed, there were no sightings at all anywhere south of 30°S.

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