Thanks for that, David, and thanks to those who sent private replies. All
indicated that they had waited on the dunes.
It seems that the birds want to feed fairly close to the shore, and tend not to
land if there are people too close, but will tolerate them moving onto the
beach once they've landed.
Sunday wasn't ideal for the western rocks. As I arrived there was a woman
wading in the sea beyond the rocks, people wandering along the beach, etc.
Meanwhile, the plovers were all feeding at Pt Cook itself, and a kind birder
came down to inform those waiting in vain at the western rocks.
Unfortunately, the flock had taken flight just before we got there, and several
of them had departed, including the AGP. Then they all flushed and some of us
went back to the western rocks, where we found several PGPs, no AGP. I gave up,
intending to return on Monday, a public holiday, which would mean the Homestead
would be closed, and there should be less people on the beach. But didn't.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Birding-Aus
> On Behalf Of
> David Dickson
> Sent: Monday, 10 March 2014 10:10 AM
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] AGP spotting at Point Cook - beach
> or dune? (Peter Shute)
> Hello Peter'
> Don't wait on the beach. I saw the AGP with 2 PGPs from the
> beach (see Eremea - Feb 27 Victorian sightings) but they flew
> off when I approached to within about 50 metres. Another
> small flock of 6 PGP landed in the same spot (ie, at the
> rocks on the western-most point of the beach near the Point
> Cook homestead approx 4 hours after high tide) about 10
> minutes later, but by this time I was standing with another 3
> birders behind the foliage on the dune.
> Dave Dickson
> > ------------------------------
> > Message: 2
> > Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2014 06:06:18 +1100
> > From: Peter Shute <>
> > To: New birding-aus <>
> > Subject: [Birding-Aus] AGP spotting at Point Cook - beach or dune?
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> > I was there at the westernmost rocks between about 11 and 2
> yesterday, but not a single plover was seen. It's been
> pointed out to me that waiting on the beach as we did instead
> of on the dune might cause them to feed elsewhere. Several
> friends who saw it during the past week saw it from the dune.
> > Any opinions? Every time I turn up there, there are others
> already set up on the beach, so I can't see the point of
> waiting on the dune by myself.
> > Peter Shute
> > Sent from my iPad
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