birding-aus albinistic double banded plover

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Subject: birding-aus albinistic double banded plover
From: "Michael J Hunter" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jul 1999 11:57:53 +1000
On Sunday [18/7/99] on the bar off the mouth of the Little River at Werribee,we watched a very pale Double-banded Plover for about an hour through a 20-60x scope.There were twenty or more normal DBPs onthe bank the majority in breeding plumage,and a few Red-capped Plovers, many Red-necked Stints,three Pied Oystercatchers with an assortment of coloured and metal legbands, Silver Gulls and a Fairy Tern.
The albinistic individual  was all off-white except for dark eyes and normally coloured black and chestnut breast bands.Head,back,wings and tail were all offwhite.It was actively running around like the others but would be chased off if it went too close to one of the others.It stood out on the dark bank and amongst the other birds.On a sandy bank it would have been inconspicuous.
                                          Michael & penny Hunter.   
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