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joanneh
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id help

this fellow i am sure may be a type of pluver he flew into our pumpkin patch in a small group. we live in chartes towers qld and may have thought either oriental or hooded pluver either way a juvenile

DenisWilson
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Hi Joanneh
Interesting find.
Do you have another image?
The reason I ask is that I cannot determine the length of the beak.
It seems very short and dark. But there appears to be some grass just beyond which is dark orange, and I cannot make out if that is in fact part of the beak or not. A second image might help clarify that.
I was wondering about a Sandpiper, and bill length is important.
Did you see it flying?
Wing markings also are helpful.
Cheers
Denis

Anonymous

i will look and see they were very fast easyily spooked they flew around and the wings were angled like pluver or swallows

joanneh
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sorry Dennis no more shots of beak but the beak was short, straight, black at the base and orange for the rest

DenisWilson
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Hi Joanneh
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If you confirm that the orange bit is part of the beak, and not part of the grassy background (as it could possibly be, from the image) then I think your bird is more likely to be a Sandpiper than a "Plover" (Dotterel).
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That's where I stop, not being a wader specialist.
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Interesting. Interesting.
Lets see what others can suggest.
Cheers
Denis

Tassie

Gee this is a hard one I have just spent half an hour looking at everything I have and I am no closer it would be good to see someone ID this bird.
The closet I have seen to it is a Stint but I am sure its not one.
Oh well good luck.

ed
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Not a wader expert by along way, but almost sure it's a plover,and I'll go for a young Oriental.

Ed Townsville NQ

joanneh
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whatever it was he was flying through as no longer here so i guess i was lucky to get this one

Tassie

Thats ok,you have the pic so we can keep going on it.
I am going to have another crack on the weekend when I have a bit of time,I tend to think Ed might be on the right track.

ed
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these guys know what they are talking about so this may help..recent sighting out your way..[url]http://www.eremaea.com/BirdlineRecentSightings.aspx?Birdline=5
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Ed Townsville NQ

ed
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That did not work so too the home page and look at Birdline North Queensland http://www.eremaea.com/

Ed Townsville NQ

gez
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Very much like a Ruff.

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