Little Stint Lake Murphy Nth Vic

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Subject: Little Stint Lake Murphy Nth Vic
From: Jennifer Spry <>
Date: Sat, 22 Apr 2006 20:13:55 +1000
Hi all,

The four of us (Helen ODonnel, Barb Williams, Joy Tansey and I) went
Stint hunting today.

We arrived at Lake Murphy and followed the directions to the last
sighting and were the only car apart from one other (Peter & Rhonda -
sorry about the rest of this message you two).

We arrived at about 10:00 and followed flocks of waders up and down the
west side. Had some good looks at Wood Sandpiper, Short-toed Stint,
Sharpies etc until finally we decided at 12:30 it was time for lunch.

We drove toward some waders, turned the car in between some lignum
bushes at the first fenced off area and stopped. Joy got out, aimed her
scope at the few waders present and said "look there it is!" We then sat
and had lunch and for about 90 minutes the Little Stint paraded itself
in front of us until we got bored and left.

The bird is in good but not complete breeding plumage and what we learnt
for this bird is, if you go looking for it and are trying to morph RN
Stints into Little Stints, you are not looking at the right bird. The
bird is a bright chestnut on the back and the wing feathers show strong
edgings in white. The white throat is obvious as are the markings on the
wings. A very beautiful bird!

When we saw it the bird was not with the big flocks but was feeding with
a few Sharpies, Red Capped Dots and RN Stints in stint-knee deep water.

Good luck to anyone else going for a look. It is worth it if you find

"Got to love a twitch when it works".



ps; In fact is was a beautiful day's birding all up - cold but sunny
with a quick run into Terrick Terrick on the way home where we found a
large flock of Southern Whiteface.

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