Western NSW Inland Dotterel and Aust Pratincole

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Subject: Western NSW Inland Dotterel and Aust Pratincole
From: "Bruce Cox" <>
Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2005 10:36:12 +1100
Sent: Friday, November 18, 2005 1:19 PM
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Western NSW Inland Dotterel and Aust Pratincole
Hi Chris and Birding-aussers,
Colin Scouler and I saw a flock of 13+ (I counted 13 but there were probably more) Inland Dotterel on a grazing property just off the Cobb Highway north of Deniliquin on the 25-4-2003. We went there to view Letter-winged Kite and my memory is the owner did not consider the nunber excessive. We saw them late A.M.
Bruce Cox.

My brother told me this morning that he has seen 2 groups of Inland Dotterels, about a dozen in each, in his front paddock (9000ac!) near Bourke, NSW. More than the usual resident group of 6 or so. What made them obvious was that they were easily seen in the daylight when they are rarely observed. Mixed in with them was about 10 or so Aust Pratincoles; a first for his property.
The more unusual sighting for him was a very "yellow looking Ringneck". Still had the red over the top of the beak, but not green, just basically a yellow version.
Is this known as leucistic, and how rare in the wild? 
Warwick QLD

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