State of the Plumage Report, Manly Wader Roost

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Subject: State of the Plumage Report, Manly Wader Roost
From: L&L Knight <>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007 12:21:54 +1000
Yes Colin

"Dalmating" is a moult process through which birds develop a plumage pattern with large regular black spots.

Regards, Laurie.

On Sunday, March 18, 2007, at 11:52  AM, Colin Scouler wrote:


When you say that the Great Knots were starting to" dalmate", do you mean that they were starting to look like Dalmatian dogs ( as they do in breeding plumage)?

I think you've just invented a new verb.

Colin Scouler.

On 18/03/2007, at 12:33 AM, L&L Knight wrote:

There was a full high tide this morning at the Manly wader roost [SEQ] this morning, so there was a good turn-out ~ of the order of 1000 birds. There were hundreds of godwits, with quite a few well into breeding plumage [one with a green flag]. There were also a quite a few stints, with only a few in the early stages of colour change [one with a orange flag]. There were also ~60 golden plovers with a dozen blackening up nicely [one with a green flag] and the odd hundred tattlers [at least two flagged - one with a green flag on the right leg and another with a bluish flag on the left leg]. The Great Knots were starting to dalmate and there were a dozen shanks in the freshwater pond.


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