Night calling bird

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Subject: Night calling bird
From: "Bill Jolly" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 09:52:55 +1000
Has anyone got any ideas they'd like to share with me about a mystery bird
here last night?

Mid-evening, around 8.30pm, sitting on the verandah. A gentle light shining
over the creek surface, not enough to disturb a few ducks and moorhens that
spell there at night, but sufficient to give us a bit of a look at anything
that flies past.

While we enjoyed our coffee, a Barn Owl fluttered by, some Plumed Whistling
Ducks went overhead, not a lot was happening - it was quite breezy, not a
lot of insects about.

Then I heard what I would have sworn was a Black-fronted Dotterel. They bred
here this year, we're very familiar with their calls. It's a small bird to
get a look at at night, but I've heard it several times at night recently
and always considered it to be a Black-fronted Dotterel out late.

Next, a fair-sized bird appeared quite high over the creek, just a quick
glimpse - made harder by being lit from below. Not a Barn Owl, could have
been a Tawny Frogmouth, have to call it a ufo. But, the 'dotterel' call
started up and seemed to be emanating from this new bird!

Four visiting birders from Finland immediately asked me "What's that?"  I
think I could have mumbled something about a Frogmouth being harassed by a
Black-fronted Dotterel - but the truth is I hadn't got a clue!

But, I told them at breakfast this-morning that we would probably sort this
out during the course of the day by referring it to our expert panel on

So, has anyone out there got any ideas or comments please aside from my
feeble 'two bird theory'?

Bill Jolly

Lockyer Valley, Queensland.

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