Paradise Shelduck / Hudsonian Godwit

To: "" <>, John Reidy <>
Subject: Paradise Shelduck / Hudsonian Godwit
From: Tom Wilson <>
Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2016 10:56:35 +0000
both around today (2 January) as well.  Shelduck down in the SE corner near, 
but not with, the swans.  The Godwit also in its more usual place in the NE 
corner but it had been elsewhere as I saw it fly in from the south end of the 
lake at about 10am (after a group of birders, incl me, had spent about 45 
minutes sifting through the birds that were at the normal spot, decided on the 
one that was the Hudsonian, only to have it raise its wings and show that it 
wasn’t).  No sign of the Hooded Plovers today, but pretty much everything else 
from John’s note was there, plus a Great Knot.
When I arrived at approx 8:30am, there was a 400+ flock of White-throated 
Needletails circling above the lake edge/car park in a feeding column.  This 
(or another) big group appeared again at about 10am.
A great start to a birding year – thanks to all for keeping the ‘gen flowing.
Tom Wilson

From: John Reidy 
Sent: Saturday, January 2, 2016 8:04 AM
Subject: Paradise Shelduck / Hudsonian Godwit

Happy New Year!

Quite a few birders saw these birds yesterday. The shelduck was about a 
two km walk towards the south east corner of the lake while the godwit 
was at the north end, a couple of hundred metres west of the access point.

Other birds of interest were Little, Fairy and White-winged Black Terns, 
Red Knots, Grey  and Golden Plovers, Curlew Sandpipers, loads of 
Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Red-necked Stints as well as three species 
of godwit. Others saw Hooded and Lesser Sand Plovers.

A great way to start the new year.

Happy birding.

John Reidy
02 9871 4836

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