Hi John & everyone else,
I was the birder in Cairns that pointed out to you John, the relative abundance
of miles, novaehollandiae, & hybrids, around the local Cairns area some months
Your memory is correct - hybrids & apparent pure novaehollandiae are seen here
only rarely. John, I have attached an image I've taken up here on the Cairns
Esplanade a couple of years ago of a good hybrid - not sure if it's of much
use, but I thought I'd share it with you in any case... This individual is
still here in the same territory & is paired with an apparent pure miles.
I am heading to far SW Qld in just over a month, so I will check the birds I
see out there & report back to you on my return...
To my ear, they do call differently to one another as well.
Cheers for now,
0428 782 808
> Date: Thu, 7 Jun 2012 19:45:51 +1000
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] FW: Vanellus miles/novaehollandiae
> If Les Christidis couldn’t be sure he was collecting Vanellus miles hybrids,
> how would I be able to determine if I was seeing non-hybrids
> Note: that is a rhetorical question and I am just thinking out loud.
> I do wish I had photographed that ‘spur-winged plover’ (I’m from a previous
> era – and Queensland) I saw on the airstrip at Birdsville in the 1980s.
> That has been bugging me ever since then.
> Bob Inglis
> Sandstone Point
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