Re: Wandering Tattler numbers

To: "Birding-Aus" <>
Subject: Re: Wandering Tattler numbers
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 21:26:19 +1000
Tobias Hayashi in his posting about his trip to Lamington NP said: "After that we drove north, dropping by Hastings Point, where there were around 12 Wandering Tattlers (5th lifer, nice photos) before arriving at Lamington on the 3rd."

Comments have been made suggesting that numbers like that would indicate that the birds Tobias saw were more likely to be Grey-tailed Tattlers. I have not seen Tobias's photos so I can't say for sure that they are Wandering Tattlers but Hastings Point is a well known location for that species and a sighting of 12 in the one location would not surprise me. On the 16th Nov 2008 I saw and photographed a group of 9 Wandering Tattlers at Caloundra Head In SE Queensland, another well known location for the species. Paul Walbridge has informed me that he has seen groups of 6 and 8 Wandering Tattlers at Hastings Point in the not too distant past. Paul and I also saw at least 4 Wandering Tattlers in a group at Pt Cartwright in late October 2008.

I think it would be unwise to assume that if more than two tattlers are seen together on rocky headlands they must be Grey-tailed Tattlers. From what I have heard of the description of Tobias' birds it sounds very likely that they are Wandering Tattlers.


Bob Inglis
Sandstone point


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