birding-aus Red-necked Stint

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Subject: birding-aus Red-necked Stint
From: "Bob & Sadhana Cook" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 1999 20:59:18 +1100

Can someone help me?  At Pelican Point on the Coorong last week, a group of
about 12 - 15 Red-necked Stints were accompanied by another bird with VERY
much paler colouring.  All of the other birds (in non-breeding plumage)
were mid to dark grey above, with quite obvious dark markings on the grey. 
The one pale bird had uniform, slightly mottled, very pale colour above
(paler than nearby Silver Gulls).  It was moving and feeding closely with
the others, same pattern of movement, same size.  The only other option I
could think of was a Sanderling, but size was wrong and there was no
blackish marking on the wing.  Other birds in the area included Fairy Tern,
Common Greenshank, Black-winged Stilt and Red-capped Plover.

Is it possible that it was a colour aberration?? Or what?

Another interesting observation in the same area was a pair of first year
Swamp Harriers disturbed with a Pied Cormorant carcase (more than half
consumed) right at the road edge - road kill??.  A mature Swamp Harrier was
a few metres away in the adjacent paddock.  Perhaps a parent educating the
juveniles in food opportunism??

Regards,  Bob Cook
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