Re: Wandering Tattler numbers

To: "'Birding-Aus'" <>
Subject: Re: Wandering Tattler numbers
From: "Jeff Davies" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2009 23:23:40 +1100
I agree with the sentiment of Bob's posting, twelve is a large number for
Wandering Tattler but not necessarily impossible, especially during higher
than usual tides. I have been viewing Tobias's photo gallery for a while now
and he is clearly a competent and accurate birder, I look forward to seeing
the photos. Sounds like Tobias had a very rewarding trip generally with many
good gets listed.

Cheers Jeff.

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Robert Inglis
Sent: Wednesday, 14 January 2009 10:26 PM
To: Birding-Aus
Subject: Re: Wandering Tattler numbers 

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 
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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