Whimbrel - Port Botany (Sydney) 18 June 2016

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Subject: Whimbrel - Port Botany (Sydney) 18 June 2016
From: Tom Wilson <>
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2016 11:12:00 +0000
Hi all
a single Whimbrel was seen near the pilings at the wader site in Port Botany – 
seen at approx. 11;30 am, low/falling tide. Also 2 Aust Pied Oystercatchers but 
no other waders seen; just 2 Little Egret and a few Australian Ibis.  I know 
I’ve seen over-wintering Whimbrel further north in Australia, but not sure I’ve 
ever seen a Sydney over-wintering bird before.
It was the first time I’d been since the new port development – the area 
reserved for the birds looks quite good – some shingle banks, some 
samphire/saltmarsh and (at low tide) quite a lot of mud.  Hope it proves 
attractive in the long run (and there are birds to use it).
Tom Wilson
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