Semi-palmated in Victoria [not Ringed]

Subject: Semi-palmated in Victoria [not Ringed]
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Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 19:00:40 +1000
Hi All,
I think consensus on the plover at Corner Inlet (Vic) being a Semipalmated Plover has now been reached. As mentioned in Mike Carter's recent post it was seen quite briefly yesterday. At the time the three of us were reasonably happy with it being a Semipalmated Plover. When I looked at the images last night after we had returned home it seems that I 'over scrutinized' the loral pattern and the point at which the loral streak abuts the bill base (and some doubts started creeping in). Jeff Davies and Danny Rogers assure me that the fact that the loral streak is narrow and quite high in the lores such that it abuts at or just above the gape line is all but diagnostic of Semipalmated plover (cf. Ringed Plover).

This is the first Semipalmated Plover record for Victoria (and another new bird for Mike's Victorian list).

Pictures of the Corner Inlet bird are here (last two images in the gallery/the rest are from Broome).

I've also added an image to the gallery of Australian vagrant birds.


Rohan Clarke

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