Double-banded Plover, Manly, QLD

To: Chris Sanderson <>
Subject: Double-banded Plover, Manly, QLD
From: Alan McBride <>
Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 20:09:29 +1100
I always used to expect them at Long Reef on Sydney's northern beaches around 
or just after Australia Day weekend for their annual visit.

Suspect they're a week or so later this year and last couple of years from what 
I remember. Probably non-breeders first. Don't know I've ever seen an 
over-summering (!) one?


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On 28/02/2010, at 20:01 , Chris Sanderson wrote:

Thanks Jill,

I didn't know they could get here so early.  The fact that it was in
completely non-breeding, non-juvenile plumage leads me to believe it's
probably a non-breeding adult that decided to hop the Tasman early.  Glad to
have confirmation that theory could be correct.


On Sun, Feb 28, 2010 at 6:53 PM, Jill Dening <> wrote:

> Chris, the Double-banded Plover sighting is normal for this time of year.
> It hasn't stayed here. I had one on my last Noosa survey on Feb 16. There
> are always a few early arrivals.
> Cheers,
> Jill
> Jill Dening
> Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
> 26° 51' 41"S  152° 56' 00"E
> Chris Sanderson wrote:
> Hi all,
> Took advantage of a huge tide today to head out looking for shorebirds.
> Bird numbers were at an all-time high with many thousands of birds at the
> Manly roost.  The standout bird was a single Double-banded Plover in
> non-breeding plumage.  Not sure if this is an early arrival or an
> over-summering bird that hadn't been detected til now but either way it is a
> pretty good bird for February.  Two Grey Plovers, and a host of birds in
> stunning breeding plumage made this a great morning.
> Regards,
> Chris

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