odd looking wader

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Subject: odd looking wader
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Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 21:43:14 +1100
Dave Bullock and I observed an odd looking wader at Werribee Treatment Plant 
last Thursday. Russell has kindly posted Dave's photo on the web site at  Click RARE BIRDS and go to the link at the bottom 
of the page. The bird was associating with sharp-tailed sandpipers, curlew 
sandpipers and red-necked stints. It was taller than all of them, and certainly 
broader in body, particularly around the neck. It had a chestnut streaked head 
and its breast was very heavily streaked with black vertical lines to appear 
almost completely black. When it flew its tail pattern appeared to be similar 
to the sharp-tailed sandpipers. We cannot find anything in our field guides 
that resemble the bird. We considered the possibility of a ruff in partial 
breeding plumage. We would be grateful for any assistance.
Graeme Brown

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