Sussing the odd bird out

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Subject: Sussing the odd bird out
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: 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 ...

Regards, Laurie.


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