Wondering Tattler at Boat Harbour, Sydney

To: Greg <>,
Subject: Wondering Tattler at Boat Harbour, Sydney
From: Tun Pin Ong <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 05:40:05 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Greg,
Thanks for your feedback. Interesting to know that the scales on tarsi can be 
used to differentiate it.
Unfortunately I was too busy to take photos and forgot to observe(measure) its 
nasal groove through the scope.
Furthermore, this individual's bill was not too strong either.
I remembered its call most vividly the time it was frightened off when a 
passer-by surfer squatted down to see it through my scope. The call was like 
the link given by Bob Inglis some time ago but it was like a trill at much 
faster frequency.
However, I suppose WT do make a variety of calls.
Not sure if the Tattler is still around but tattlers are often the last to 
leave for its breeding ground.
Tun-Pin Ong

----- Original Message ----
From: Greg <>
To: Tun Pin Ong <>; 
Sent: Thursday, April 12, 2007 6:52:21 PM
Subject: Wondering Tattler at Boat Harbour, Sydney

Hi Tun-Pin,

I had a look at HANZAB and the white supercilium which doesn't extend past 
the eye, the nasal groove, which appears to be 75% of the length of the bill 
as against 50% for Grey-tailed and the reticulated scales on the rear of the 
tarsi would point to Wandering.  Could the barring on the rump be the 'very 
fine white tips to uppertail coverts, when fresh' described in HANZAB?

What was the length of the nasal groove?


Greg Clancy

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