Help identifying waterbird

To: "Russell Woodford" <>, <>
Subject: Help identifying waterbird
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 09:47:17 +1100
3 unanimous votes for Marsh Sandpiper.  And given that it isn't as uncommon as 
it was, it's even more unlikely to be juvenile Wilson's Phalarope than I 
thought. Is it worth reporting to Birdline?  (I also saw a Buff-banded Rail 
there - worth reporting too?)

Even though you people are certain what it is, I'd like to learn how to be 
certain for myself for next time.  Is there any features visible in my photos 
that positively distinguish it?  The shape of the edge of the feathers where 
they meet the beak is shown as quite different in Simpson & Day.  Is that a 
reliable feature to use?  Or should I just try to get a glimpse of the tail or 
feet next time?  Or just assume it just won't be a Wilson's Phalarope?

-----Original Message-----
From:   Russell Woodford 
Sent:   Fri 19/01/2007 12:13 AM
To:     Peter Shute
Subject:        Help identifying waterbird

Hi Peter

I thought it looked more like a standard immature.  I've been using
Slater a lot since I picked one up about a month ago, but I have to
differ with him on this one:  Marshies are regular at several places
now, and in reasonable numbers at the prime spots like Werribee.
I've seen them on most suitable wetlands SW of Melbourne.  I was at
WTP on 2 Jan and we recorded Marshies on 2 of the 3 wader spots we
visited, and they were reported from a couple of others around the
same time.  Not sure why their numbers have increased, but it does
seem like it.

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