Re: Inland Dotterel

Subject: Re: Inland Dotterel
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 15:55:46 +1100

My understanding of Inland Dotterels are that they are generally more active at night, at which time they tend to feed on insects.  During the day their diet tends to be more herbaceous.  The ambient warmth of roads would be beneficial for attracting insects.  Many shorebirds (in this case very loosely applied - veeeery loosely applied) also tend to prefer more open habitats at night as these afford greater protection from prey.

In short, during the day they are probably off road loafing or munching on vegetable matter while at night they gravitate toward open areas such as clay pans, or roads, where they hunt invertebrates.

Simply really.


David Geering
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