Wader ID

Subject: Wader ID
From: Peter Pfeiffer <>
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 1996 13:51:03 +1030
Hi ,
        I'm after some help identifying a small wader.
        I was at Stansbury on the Weekend on Yorke Pen. in SA and saw a
small wader with a needle - like bill. The bill was three times the length
of it's head. It had very dark gey to black wings with a whitish pale head
and underparts. I could not get a clear view of the colour of it's legs. I
was using old 8 x 30 ( Hanimax ) bins. 
        Using Slater's field guide I came up with Little Greenshank or
Wilson's Phalarope although I'm not sure whether it had the Phalarope bar
through the eye.
        I think I need better equipment. Could some-one let me know if these
two ' hits ' are near the mark


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