Small Stint - Penryhn Road, Botany

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Subject: Small Stint - Penryhn Road, Botany
From: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2008 21:48:55 +1000
Hi all
I dropped in at Penryhn Road, Port Botany (Sydney) today at about 8:45am after dropping some friends at the airport. There wasn't much about - 8 Red Capped Dotterel, 2 Double Banded Dotterel, 20 Bar Tailed Godwits, 15 Pied Stilts, plenty of cormorants and Silver Gulls. However, there was one small wader that caught my eye. It was on the airport (far?) side of the sandbank that sticks out into Botany Bay, foraging busily right on the shoreline (the tide was out, so it was on muddy sand). While it looked like a Red Necked Stint (RNS), a couple of features did not work for me... 1/ the bird was very small - when it stood in front of a Red Capped Dotterel (RCD) it was noticeable smaller. (If an RCD is 14-16cm per Pizzey, I'd make this bird 12-14cm, which is at the small end of the scale for RNS) The RCD was about 50cm behind and still looked larger, so I'd put the size difference at about 2 or 3cm. 2/ the (black) bill was quite fine and noticeably down curved with no obvious bulb at the end Otherwise, bill and legs black; very white belly and throat; the belly went quite high up the sides; white throat surrounded by grey speckled epaulettes; overall grey/brown scalloped plumage on the back; darkish eye stripe with white eyebrow and grey crown with darker stripes
I did not see the bird fly, so have no idea of wing/rump pattern.
My initial call is that it's probably a small RNS, but the size and bill had me wondering if it was a Little Stint. (Have they ever been recorded in Sydney before even?) It may be worth checking out? (If it's still there of course.)

Tom Wilson

PS - sorry about the lateness of a post like this post-sighting for something possibly unusual- this is the 1st chance I've had at e-mail since I got home.

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