Shorebird ID request - immature VO

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Jim Kirker
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Shorebird ID request - immature VO

Postby Jim Kirker » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:26 pm

Walking with rapid footsteps and pauses along the tideline by the Auckland NW motorway this afternoon, with two VOs, about two hours after full tide. I thought it must be a Pacific plover but the bill looks too long and too wide and yellow at the base.
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Shorebird Auckland upper harbour 11/12/17
P1010737.JPG (618.6 KiB) Viewed 330 times
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Shorebird Auckland upper harbour 11/12/17
P1010731 (2).JPG (324.84 KiB) Viewed 330 times
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Shorebird Auckland upper harbour 11/12/17
P1010739 (2).JPG (190.31 KiB) Viewed 330 times
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Colin Miskelly
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Re: Shorebird ID request

Postby Colin Miskelly » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:35 pm

Hi Jim
It is the nearly fully-feathered chick of the variable oystercatcher pair.
Cheers
Colin
Clinton9
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Re: Shorebird ID request

Postby Clinton9 » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:41 pm

A family of Variable oystercatchers.
Jim Kirker
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Re: Shorebird ID request

Postby Jim Kirker » Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:58 pm

Thanks Colin and Clinton, I actually wrote a note "? young VO" because of the down but the bill seemed wrong and I was hoping for something really rare. The adults played injured and flew at me until I backed off, which would fit.

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