New Years Day at Mount Isa

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Subject: New Years Day at Mount Isa
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2004 17:06:02 +1000
g'day all,
Thanks for the responses of Red-kneed Dotterel, Black-winged Stilt, Red-necked Avocet
I have now showed my friend Slater and S&D 
On further questioning he added
- beak a little bit longer than head
- beak darkish.
- back grey with small "triangles"
So here is the new list of "clues"
- Size & build of Masked Lapwing (he called it a Plover)
- Back Grey with small diamond mottling
- Legs, red
- Beak, upturned (a little bit longer than head )
- black stripe on side of wing
- birds were approachable to within 4 metres
Terek Sandpiper is a possibility, although smaller than a Lapwing ?
and was recorded here by Peter Harris, a well known earlier Mount Isan.
Slater (p128) says -
- Upturned Beak
- Orange-yellow legs
- Black stripes on shoulder
When time permits I will go page by page through
Shorebirds by Hayman, Marchant & Prater
Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
The more you watch the more you see ..
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