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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 10:59   #1
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Opinions on these Sand Plovers. Northern Western Australia

Hey all,

I photographed these birds a few days ago in north WA. I think that they are Lessers, but confirmation would be appreciated.

In the 2nd, 3rd and 4th image the bird really had a collar in the field, while the other didn't. It also walked with a limp which may explain the different body proportions. I think they are both 'long-billed' Lessers.

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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 11:15   #2
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The first picture is lesser considering the size of the bill compared to the head length. I would also consider the birds on the other pictures to be lesser, but the bills appear longer indeed, like race schaeferi.

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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 11:21   #3
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The first picture is lesser considering the size of the bill compared to the head length. I would also consider the birds on the other pictures to be lesser, but the bills appear longer indeed, like race schaeferi.

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I wonder what the status of schaeferi is in Australia. Certainly a fair few of the birds we saw were longer beaked.

I've found this image to be very helpful.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-X5in3zC1p_...2_IMG_8033.jpg
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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 11:52   #4
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Bird on left in pic 3, and two birds on left in pic 4 are Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
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Bird on left in pic 3, and two birds on left in pic 4 are Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
I am not referring to the knots for the longer bills, but the sandplovers on the right of picture 2 and 3 also appear to have longer bills than the birds on picture 1.

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Old Saturday 14th April 2012, 12:29   #6
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Bird on left in pic 3, and two birds on left in pic 4 are Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
I know it's not the subject of the post but I'm struggling to eliminate Tattler.
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That'll teach me to rush in!! I support your struggle with the tattlers.
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I know it's not the subject of the post but I'm struggling to eliminate Tattler.
Don`t stuggle then, they look more like Tattler than Gt Knot

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Hello all,

The long-billed birds in the images are Grey-tailed Tattlers.

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Hello all,

The long-billed birds in the images are Grey-tailed Tattlers.

Cheers,

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Back to the plovers, the more distant images of the non-breeding plumaged birds are tricky, but the right hand bird at least has the heavy-billed, long-legged look of a Greater.

I wouldn't like to make the call though, unless you have closer pics.

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I would be inclined to agree with Dave, that the birds in pictures 2-4 are probably Greater Sand Plovers.
Those in picture 1 are definitely Lesser (Mongolian).
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I would say the first photo is two LesserSP
For the others, I would call GreaterSP (there are only two birds shown in pictures 2, 3 and 4 right?)

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