Barberspan pictures

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10 years 6 months ago #4419 by gordon
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Hi All,

Neil Gray and I travelled down to Barberspan this last Saturday to try and locate the Phalarope. While we did see a bird that we are both 90% sure was the bird, it flew before we could get pictures. The bird was spotted at less than 10 metres distance while it was trying hard not to be spotted behind a small bush. As far as identifying features, it had a flight/tail pattern similar to a Curlew Sandpiper with a white rump and grey tail. The beak was long, straight and thin, the head had a very dark crown with no streaking. Size would be slightly larger than a Wood Sandpiper but shorter than a Marsh Sandpiper or Greenshank. An interesting though hardly conclusive observation is that this bird did not call when flushed, unlike most other waders that normally give some kind of alarm call.

I just wish I was 100% sure! oh well, I guess I will have to wait for the next decade for another one to be found... <!-- s8) --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_cool.gif" alt="8)" title="Cool" /><!-- s8) --> <!-- s:banghead: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/banghead.gif" alt=":banghead:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:banghead: --> <!-- s:bomb: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/bomb.gif" alt=":bomb:" title="Frustration" /><!-- s:bomb: -->

I have included a couple of pictures below for your enjoyment:







Cheers,
Gordon

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