Mongolian Plovers in Southwest Queensland Desert

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Subject: Mongolian Plovers in Southwest Queensland Desert
From: Kevin Vang <>
Date: Sun, 06 Jun 2004 15:15:33 +1000

Hello to Everyone

We are new to Birding-Aus, but know many of you through our birding adventures and work with Birds Australia.  We have just posted a series of pictures of Oriental Plovers on our Bird Explorers Website.  These were taken on our Annual Christmas Outing to the Desert.  This year we did the deserts of South-western Queensland and North-eastern South Australia.  Besides literally melting the air-conditioner in our car, we had a marvellous time taking over 5000 photos of many desert natives.  

The Oriental Plovers were a particular treat as they are not well-understood in their inland distribution patterns as few people venture to the deserts in summer to see them.  However, we found 2 groups.  The first group, comprised of 10 individuals, was found in a lagoon 35 km NW of Thargomindah, and the second group, comprised of 2 individuals was seen in a small lagoon 20 km W of Birdsville.  Being as this was late December, there is the likelihood that this was an over-wintering place for the birds.  The recent Birds Australia atlas, 2003, has no inland records for Southern Queensland in the summer and only a very few for spring. So this is important pictorial evidence of their presence.

If you would like to see the photos, please visit our webpage

Look under “Highlights and Breaking News” >>Mongolian Plovers

The Site is still under construction, but it is starting to look presentable.

Kevin and Woj

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