Lesser Yellowlegs

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Subject: Lesser Yellowlegs
From: Penny Brockman <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2008 20:34:01 +1100

Dear all

Met up with Ken Singleton today at South West Rocks, north coast NSW, who very kindly escorted us to the present wetland where the Lesser Yellowlegs was easily found consorting with about 10 Marsh Sandpipers and about 20 Sharp-tailed SPs. A very easy twitch I must say and thank you Ken.

Its Yellowlegs certainly make it stand out from a crowd. Interestingly it was constantly scratching its neck and head while preening (wondered if it had a lice problem), and also when preening its wing coverts, many times dipped it beak in the water, continued preening, and repeat, repeat, and would every now and again, lift its right leg out of the water and shake it quite vigorously. Otherwise seemed very healthy and alert.

A nice Australian visitor. Thank you Ken.

After that we visited Seal Road and the swamp south of Gladstone, but conditions were pretty hopeless there - too much water and lush growth of grass and reeds, lots of Black Swans, a few Black Duck, Hardhead and Little Pied Cormorants.


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