Subject: waders
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 1995 18:20:55 +1000
On Fri, 8 Sep 1995, Russell Woodford wrote:

> Has anyone noticed any big wader movements yet?
> Russell Woodford

Russell, did you mean big movements of waders or movements of big waders?

anyhow, at Yeppoon (central Queensland coast) on September 8th i saw

eastern curlew          114
whimbrel                34
red cappped plover      40
curlew sandpiper        1
bar tailed godwit       2
pied oystercatcher      2
golden plover           5
grey plover             2

the eastern curlew numbers have been increasing from a minimum of 39 in
July 12th, 72 on August 11th up to 114 on September 8th. there were about
150-160 present last summer. however the highlight of the morning was
seeing one of the golden plovers being taken and eaten by a peregrine
falcon. ive seen peregrines hunting over mudflats in Geelong, Victoria but
never successfully.


Anthony Mitchell

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