Wader ID?

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Subject: Wader ID?
From: John McGowan <>
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2011 10:26:37 +1100
G'day birdersA bit of help please identifying a wader please.
I live in Victor Harbor and spotted 2 small waders yesterday on the margins of 
a sewage farm pond.The waders are very clearly a plover species;About the same 
size as a Black-fronted Dotteral;Very busy feeders, almost non stop;Unbroken 
very dark (black?) very obvious eye band that goes from the eyes right around 
the back of the neck, but not across the eyes;Just above this eye band is a 
creamish coloured strip that more or less follows the eye band aroundWhite from 
the chin down and all of the undersideUpperparts a brownish, but in some lights 
maybe a hint of green;Eyes black and no obvious orbital eye ring;Legs lightish 
brown and in some lights maybe a slight pinkish;Bill is dark.
I think they're immature Black-fronted Dotterals, but Pizzey & Knight show an 
immature Black-fronted Dotteral with an eye ring and shoulder tabs. These two 
have neither.
John Mc


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