Sorry for delay posting this note, but
it was stuck in my drafts folder...
I visited my friend armed
with 4 Oz field guides and he identified his pair of birds as
A bird I have not seen here, but were
recorded some time ago here at Mount Isa by Peter Harris an earlier
Another Guide I referred to was -
A Field Guide to the Waterbirds of Asia,
and published in 1993 by the Wild Bird Society of Japan
It is an excellent little book that includes all
waterbirds other than Pelagics.
Unfortunately it is out of print and second hand
I wish someone would publish a specialist Field
Guide like this for OZ
One innovation is showing on two facing pages are
colour illustrations of the birds in typical flight.
"The Field Guide to the Waders" by Condon
and McGill and published by BOCA was popular but the 6th edition (the last
?) was published in 1974.
Another handy little 18 page Black & White
booklet is " Quick Guide to some Waders of Moreton Bay" by Lynda
Litz-Tyne & Ian Venables and published 1996 by the Qld Ornithological
Society (now Birds Queensland)
But off course colour illustrations would be better
.. although costlier.
Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW