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Thanks Geoffery for the
The last and only time I
have seen these birds in on the airstrip at lady Elliot Island
where there was one each time I went and better people than I recognised it.
The next Gang Gang will ask
for expressions of interest for a trip to Lady Elliot
Island November 2007 for
the sea bird breeding season, but there will be no promises on Oriental
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Geoffrey Dabb [
Sent: Monday, 23 October 2006
Subject: [canberrabirds] That
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 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.