Re: Sightings around Geelong and Port Philip Bay

Subject: Re: Sightings around Geelong and Port Philip Bay
From: Vin Lam <>
Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2004 13:49:09 +1100
On Mon, Nov 15, 2004 at 01:05:05PM +1100,  wrote:
> Attention WTPer's:  Over the last couple of months, dating back to when 
> the Ruff was at the Paradise Lagoons, there has been a lone 'Black Tailed 
> Godwit' hanging around with Black winged Stilts in the Paradise Lagoons. I 
> found this odd, since there were  20-30   Black Tailed Godwits in the 
> Barrow Pits at the time, and yet it prefered to stay at Paradise Lagoons 
> by itself.
> I didn't think anymore of it, until i noticed in my field guide that 
> Hudsonian Godwits look nearly identical to Black-Tailed's, but have a 
> different pattern underwing.  If anyone gets the opportunity to observe 
> the bird again, and gets a view of the underwing, it might be worth 
> checking against Hudsonian..a long shot...but hey..
> I do have photos of the bird, but not of the underwing. Is there any other 
> markings that distinguish a Hudsonian?

Hi Peter,

I probably saw the same bird about a month ago and posted photos
to ozbirdpix. It was by itself at the Paradise Ponds. What are the 
characteristics of a Hudwits? I have more photos of it. I will have
check them ASAP.


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