Re: Wader ID

Subject: Re: Wader ID
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 96 15:30:14 -0400
In <>, on
   at 01:51 PM, Peter Pfeiffer <> said:

>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
>        Thanks

>                        Peter.


What about an immature Pied Stilt.  The description fits but it is bigger
than a small wader.  They can look very Greenshank-ish.  Besides, Canberra
is too far for me to go to twitch a Wilson's Phalarope.



Stephen Clark
CSIRO Division of Plant Industry
Canberra 2601 Australia
Phone 06 246 5417
Fax   06 246 5399


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