Ian et al,
nice sighting. Not a bird we see often, and certainly not in flocks like this.
Flame Robins were a good sighting, too, as they seem to be becoming rarer
On 24/05/2011, at 12:12 PM, Ian May wrote:
> g'Day all
> Located on the western side of the Tasman Highway about 10 km south of
> Cranbrook (east coast of Tasmania) and immediately north of the sign Wet
> Marse Creek (The M and the E have been blanked and the sign reads Wet Arse
> Creek), yesterday there were more than 100 Black-fronted Dotterel scattered
> across an estimated 10 Ha. of recently cultivated paddock with numerous
> shallow areas of inundation. (Coming from the south, the paddock is about
> 10km north of Swansea)
> Also 30+ White-fronted Chat males mixed with them. Some of the birds were
> noticed feeding amongst short vegetation several hundred meters away and
> interestingly, at that distance the two species were not always easy to
> separate while counting quickly.
> There were also several Double-banded Dotterel and 2 Red-capped Dotterel.
> Also several male Flame Robins and many Skylarks.
> It's quite a sight at the moment and is the largest congregation of
> Black-fronted Dotterel I have seen. It may not last as the shallow flooded
> areas have almost dried.
> Ian May
> St Helens, Tasmania
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