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Sussing the odd bird out
L&L Knight <>
Mon, 26 Feb 2007 20:30:13 +1000
I managed to get out to the Manly wader roost [SEQ] the other day to
see if any interesting was there. It was a modest high tide, so bird
numbers were low - round about what you'd expect during winter. There
were no godwits, knots or tereks and very few tattlers present.
Those are the sort of circumstances that get you looking more closely
at the waders that are there. Does the bill on that stint look a bit
long? How many of the sands are colouring up? What is that wader with
orange legs? [a curlew sand with a flag]. What is that goldless plover?
There was a Pluvialis conspicuously wandering along the waterline of
the saltwater island. While golden plovers normally lurk as a group in
the shrubbery well back from the water, this brown and white plover was
out on its pat malone. In the places where the PGPs have a strong
golden wash, this chap was white.
I didn't see its armpit, but I took a photo in which it showed a white
rump and tail in flight. Aha.
You can tell it's been a while since I identified a Grey Plover in this
neck of the woods ...
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