What is this Plover? Wader ID help

Subject: What is this Plover? Wader ID help
From: (Russell Woodford)
Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2003 12:46:12 +1000
Hi Chris

I must concur with Stuart Cooney on this one.  Here's a link to a very clear 
Kentish Plover photo:

A quick Google Image search will give you quite a few other Kentish shots which 
show the white collar quite clearly.  Similarly, a search for red-capped should 
give you a few photos of birds very similar to those you photographed so 
clearly in Cairns.  great shots - I hope they'll find their way online 
somewhere permanently!

The sandpiper looks like a sharpie to me too - that was my first impression.  
It doesn't have the "spotty" looking plumage of a Wood  Sand and I think the 
eyebrow should be paler in front of the eye.  The rufous-chestnut feather 
margins also suggest a sharpie.

The sand plover could be either - it's a bit hard to guage leg and bill size 
from this shot.  The relative length of the tarsus suggests Greater to me - but 
I don't have any reference books on hand to see whether there's a discernible 

Someone from one of the wader study groups should be able to give us more info.

Russell Woodford

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