A New Bird for me @ Mount Isa + Oriental Pratincoles

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Subject: A New Bird for me @ Mount Isa + Oriental Pratincoles
From: "Bob Forsyth" <>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2005 20:50:58 +1000
G'day all,
Yesterday afternoon I went for a quick visit to our Lake Moondarra.
I visited my favourite location Wide Bay
The range of Waders was miserable, 1000+ Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, a few Marsh Sandpipers and an unidentified Stint.
But amongst the huge rafts of waterfowl were a dozen pair of the beautiful Green-pygmy Goose & a dozen Freckled Duck
On the adjacent grasses were 100s of Australian Pratincoles, and several Oriental Plover
BUT, in the distant a pair of birds that appeared to have crests puzzled me. When I got closer, I was able to pick up the indistinct breast bands of Banded Lapwings.
 Earlier resident Mount Isans had recorded this bird, but until yesterday it had escaped me. The nearest I have seen these birds was 170 km SW of Mount Isa, near the NT border at Urandangie,
A bit further on around the 4 km shores of this bay I started recording dozens of Oriental Pratincoles
They have been turning up late November each year and were first reported this year by Stephen Keen
I was able to get some reasonable pix. My first record of this bird was Christmas day 2001
Regards from
Bob Forsyth
Mount Isa, NW Qld.
See for Gazetteer of Birding places.. that includes Wide Bay
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