Wader ID

Subject: Wader ID
From: Chris Ross <>
Date: Mon, 10 Apr 2006 23:22:00 +1000
Was having a look round the far western end of the beach at Kurnell when I came across a small group of waders late today. Didn't come across them till a few minutes after sunset and the view was into the light, even so it was quite close through 10x42 binos. Wader ID is not something I have had a lot of practice at, so comparing notes taken on site to the field guide later led to confusion. I noted the following features, Black bill (all black)medium size, straight, stout, overall size was about 1/2 the size of nearby Silver Gulls, yellowish legs, dark eyeline with whitish brow, Tail and wings pretty close to same length and appeared darkish along rear half of edges. I also noted a partial whitish collar, most noticable when bird turned it's head to preen. Some birds also showed what appeared to be vertical grey barring along the flanks. Others were plain lightish grey.

They were roosting on one of the groynes at high tide, close to shore in a group of about 10. Overall colours were muted greys, though light not ideal for saying with certainty. I'm thinking Wandering or Grey Tailed Tattler. Any suggestions on ID?


Chris Ross

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