Motueka Spit ID please?

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TerryG
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Motueka Spit ID please?

Postby TerryG » Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:08 pm

Hi,
I would appreciate if someone could provide an ID for this bird please,
which was out on the sand at Motueka Spit (January):
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Many thanks,
Terry
(a visitor from Oz, so a newbie on NZ birds...)
Jan
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Re: Motueka Spit ID please?

Postby Jan » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:00 pm

looks like a skylark.
Davidthomas
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Re: Motueka Spit ID please?

Postby Davidthomas » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:22 pm

Yep a Eurasian Skylark. Dumpy bird with a short tail, and stout beak and relatively short tail. Which rules out the pipit which can appear superficially similar. There longer tailed, finer billed and longer legged.
TerryG
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Re: Motueka Spit ID please?

Postby TerryG » Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:01 pm

Hi Jan and David,
Thanks for that.
It apparently does occur over here in Oz as well, although not in the area where I live.
All the best,
Terry

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