RFI - Visiting Birder to Sydney - Latham's Snipe, General Shorebird

Subject: RFI - Visiting Birder to Sydney - Latham's Snipe, General Shorebird
From: Tun Pin Ong <>
Date: Sun, 5 Dec 2010 05:29:19 -0800 (PST)
Dear birding-ausers,

I have a birding contact David Bakewell currently in Sydney [Beecroft].

He is interested particularly in Latham's Snipe. Any recent sightings around 
Sydney would be appreciated, as sighting of migratory shorebirds have been very 
few lately.

Other than that, any good sites for general shorebird watching would be helpful.
Is the Penrhyn Estuary still out-of-bound these days?

[One more thing about non-shorebird, any good site for Spotted Quail-thrush 
close to Sydney?]

Please reply privately to Dave. Dave is able to organise for his own transport 
himself if necessary.

Tun Pin ONG
St Leonards, NSW

David is a well known ornithologist based in Malaysia and he has contributed 
tremendously in bird studies and birdwatching in the Southeast Asia region. 
Some of his recent researches include discovering the Swinhoe Plover (aka 
White-faced Plover, a distinctive split from Kentish Plover), rewriting the 
identification/status/distribution of endemic Malaysian Whistling Thrush.
Besides this David has extensive field experience on few tricky shorebirds - 
Swinhow/Pintail Snipe, Red-necked Stint/Little Stint (Non-breeding).
For more about his works on birding (lots of serious bird studies/surveys and 
great bird photographs for the region), visit

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