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From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Mon, 1 Mar 1999 14:31:03 +1030 (CDT)

The SAOA had its monthly outing yesterday, winding up this time at a much
recovered Tolderol game reserve where we found up to five Long-toed Stints
at very close range, like 15ft away. But they were a bit tricky at first in
that because the way the light shone off the wet muddy surface behind them
made the legs look black. Once they were standing in front of some dead
weeds their legs clearly were a light greenish yellow. This was in spite of
the fact that the light was coming from one side, not from behind, ( which
of course would have put them in dark silhouette). An added feature was just
how long their toes actually were, one of our numbers mentioning that
"they've got feet like kippers"! 
We noticed that many of the sharpies there were really starting to colour
up, with quite dark spots a long way down the breast/belly.
Other birds in frequent numbers were White-winged Black Terns, none in full
colour, but all clearly showing the characteristic black teardrop behind the
eye. At another venue, Goolwa sewage ponds, there were large numbers of
Aust. Shovelers. The barrage across the Murray at Goolwa didn't have its
usual mass of Crested,Caspian,and Whiskered Terns, but there was one
Gull-billed Tern, which is a good spot for SA.
The Red-necked Phalaropes are still at Penrice Saltfields at St. Kilda (SA
not Vic)but seem to have reduced to three from the four originals.
Tony Russell.
Tony Russell
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Adelaide South Australia.

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