Out of Area - Bar-shouldered Dove at South Durras

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Subject: Out of Area - Bar-shouldered Dove at South Durras
From: Rods Gardening <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2021 22:16:26 +0000
This may be of interest to folks travelling to the coast over Christmas.
While staying at Lakesea Caravan Park last week my wife heard the call of “that 
bird from up north” so I went to investigate and soon heard the call, and then 
saw, a Bar-shouldered Dove, not listed in the birds of Eurobodalla. I mentioned 
this to a friend also staying in the park who put me in touch with a former 
colleague Ian Mason. Ian confirmed that there were no records of the species in 
the Eurobodalla region. He did, however, admit he thought he had heard one 
during a recent visit to the area but was only able to see Spotted Doves at the 
time - and perhaps understandably doubted my sighting! And suggested I get a 
phot as proof!  Fat chance of that…. Now, from several trips up north I am very 
familiar with both the bird itself and it’s soothing call, so I 100% KNOW I saw 
it! Perhaps there will be some keen birders in the Durras area over the coming 
weeks who will be on the lookout and able to collaborate my sighting. 

Also of interest were large flocks(up to 50 birds) of Topknot Pigeons, sighted 
in the tall trees on the North Durras side of the lake, and feeding in the 
heathland between the caravan park and the beach. And a couple of weeks ago I 
saw 12 Sooty Oystercatchers on the beach south of Moruya Heads, 6 of which were 
hopping about on one leg. I have never seen that number of these together 
before nor seen them behave that way.

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