What is this Plover? Wader ID help

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Subject: What is this Plover? Wader ID help
From: "Paul Rose" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 14:52:48 +1000
Hi Chris,

Great photos, thoroughly enjoyed them.  Would have loved one full
side-on of the sandplover but appears from bill size, proportion to
head, leg length to body that it is a Lesser.  The others are definitely
red-capped and sharpie as Stuart makes reference to.

Cheers, keep on snapping !


Paul Rose
Year 9 Purple Team
Department of Biology and Chemistry
Wesley College - Glen Waverley
620 High Street Road
Glen Waverley  3150
(03) 9881 5426

>>>  10/10/03 12:37pm >>>
I was in Cairns last month and did some birding at the north end of
esplanade.  A few birds presented ID problems, though I think I'm
close with the ID.  Could any wader experts have a look over the
that are linked below for me to confirm ID.  I think I have a wood
sandpiper and a lesser sand plover there.  The other plover does not
like a red capped at least in my field guide, but looks more like a
with the pronounced black shoulder band, a full black line below the
cap and the white band below that extending well behind the eye, above
black band that extends from the bill through the eye to join up with
black shoulder band.   I'm pretty sure the 2 views I have are of the
bird but can't guarantee it.  I saw other birds nearby (100 m away)
looked more like red capped plovers depicted in the field guide.  Any
appreciated.  Could you reply to both my email addresses if possible


Chris Ross 

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