Hi Tun-Pin and Birding-Aus,
I spent a couple of hours in the Boat Harbour area today to look for Tun-Pin's
interesting Golden Plover.
At the first rock platform close to the cul-de-sac parking lot I saw the
6 Sooty Oystercatchers
12 Pacific Golden Plovers (one of them drabber than the others)***
6 Ruddy Turnstones
1 Red Knot
At Boat Harbour proper:
2 very distant Wedge-tailed Shearwaters
1 dark morph Eastern Reef Egret
many adult and young Little Terns
12 Common Terns
plenty of Crested Terns
At Shell Point
5 Pied Oystercatchers
10 Aus Pelicans, 1 Little Pied Cormorant, Great Cormorants, Little Black
Cormorants, Silver Gulls, 2 Golden-headed Cisticolas, and 1 Aus Pipit
*** I am not sure if "my drab bird" was "Tun-Pin's interesting bird". If so, I
wasn't able to gather any further information about plumage and structural
details. However, in general "my bird" did not appear like an AGP.
There were quite a lot of comments on Tun-Pin's excellent pictures of "his
bird", so I don't want to be redundant. I only want to add that also "Tun-Pin's
bird" did not immediately ring my personal "AGP alarm bells". Mostly when I
have seen young and non-breeding AGPs (in the US) they reminded me of Eurasian
Dotterels (rather than of Grey Plovers or European Golden Plovers): stubby
bills, large eyes, sharply demarcated supercilium (but possibly also their
preference to run around on short grass). PGPs, in contrast, are - to me - much
more similar to Grey Plovers in jizz.
To confuse everything even more: In the last year before I left the US, we had
a bird at Cape May that showed field marks for both AGP and PGP and - even more
interesting - it gave the calls of both species as well! - Images are published
in Michael O'Brien's, Richard Crossley's and Kevin Karlson's Shorebird Guide.
----- Original Message ----
From: Tun Pin Ong <>
To: ; kbrandwood <>
Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 5:32:00 PM
Subject: Possible American Golden Plover at Boat Harbour,Sydney
I was able to view its left side only where even the 2 outestmost primaries are
gone. Hopefully someone could look at its right side.
My main target was Wandering Tattler but I was not able to locate it which was
reported 2 days earlier. Perhaps looking for Wandering Tattler plus checking
out with this strange Golden Plover would make your trip worthwhile.
In fact I do not encourage going to Boat Harbour as I resent paying $19 to
drive along the most substandard road I have ever encountered in Sydney. And
the other national park coastal walk was too hard for me to carry my loads of
Other birds I saw are:-
One 1st winter Red Knot
2 Bar-tailed Godwit
2 Curlew Sandpiper
~15 Pacific Golden Plovers in non-breeding plumage including the least
attractive non-golden Plover.
~100 Red-necked Stints
plus other Sooty Oystercatchers, Crested Terns, etc.
I hope all the target birds will hang around long enough for many to see.
--- On Tue, 1/13/09, kbrandwood <> wrote:
> From: kbrandwood <>
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Possible American Golden Plover at Boat
> Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009, 4:49 PM
> Hi Tun, if some primaries and tertials are missing there is
> no chance of identifying this species as a AGP.
> keith b the beautiful Hawkesbury 60km N/W of Sydney