HELP WITH ID PLEASE

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4 years 1 month ago #86230 by PierreD
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I posted this bird on another forum but did not get a definite ID - only a "look like a Grey Plover". Pics taken at McDougal's Bay on the West Coast at the end of August.
Grey Plover would be a lifer for me. Could it be anything else?





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4 years 1 month ago #86231 by TrevorC
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Looks good for Grey Plover to me GOGGABIE :D

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4 years 1 month ago #86232 by John Young
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The appearance of this bird to me is more upright than I'd expect for a Grey plover. If I just compare these images with what's in Roberts I'd be inclined to lean more towards a Golden Plover than a grey plover. That said, I know squat little about plovers and suggest you call in Trevor Hardaker on this one.

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4 years 1 month ago #86235 by PierreD
PierreD replied the topic: Re: HELP WITH ID PLEASE
Thanks for the replies! :D
We thought about the same thing - if you look at the illustration for Golden Plover in Roberts it looks almost exactly like this bird.

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4 years 1 month ago #86236 by Trevor Hardaker
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It's very difficult to be absolutely sure about this one because of the angle of the photo with the bird facing slightly away from the camera.

It does appear to be reasonably light billed and it does appear to have quite an attenuated shape with wings apparently projecting beyond the tail. Based on this, I would suggest that there is a good chance that this could be an American Golden Plover, but I wouldn't bet my life on it based on these photos unfortunately. Unfortunately, there is just not enough detail available in the photos to make a call with any sort of confidence.

Do you perhaps have any other photos where more of the rump is visible or perhaps a few shots in flight of the bird?

Kind regards
Trevor

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4 years 1 month ago #86237 by John Young
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Aha, so maybe I was on the right track after all. Thanks Trevor for taking time out of your busy schedule and coming to the rescue. Hopefully more photos will be forthcoming to clinch the ID.
Regards,
Dave

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4 years 1 month ago #86238 by PierreD
PierreD replied the topic: Re: HELP WITH ID PLEASE
Unfortunately no in flight pics nor do I think any other pics. :( These pics were taken by my friend, if he has any others I will definitely post them here.
Really appreciate the help.

My pics are almost identical





Regards,

Naomi

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