Lesser Sand Plover, Miranda

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Lesser Sand Plover, Miranda

Postby Oscar Thomas » Tue Jan 14, 2020 7:38 pm

Seen and confirmed by staff on the Miranda field course around 10h20 on the morning of 14th Jan, in front of the Stilt Pond hide to the north on a finger of mudflat still exposed by the tide. Several of the field course attendees also took photos.
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Re: Possible Lesser Sand Plover, Miranda

Postby Oscar Thomas » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:14 am

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Re: Lesser Sand Plover, Miranda

Postby rukuhia » Wed Jan 15, 2020 6:53 pm

I had a quick look this morning but never saw it.
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Re: Lesser Sand Plover, Miranda

Postby David Riddell » Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:16 am

Annette and I had a look too, stayed on until lunchtime, but it never showed.
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Re: Lesser Sand Plover, Miranda

Postby Oscar Thomas » Thu Jan 16, 2020 9:54 am

Here now in front of the Godwit hide to the right about 50 metres.
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Re: Lesser Sand Plover, Miranda

Postby jo-anndoyle » Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:11 am

Just flew to Stilt Hide with three wrybill
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Re: Lesser Sand Plover, Miranda

Postby Grahame » Thu Jan 16, 2020 3:08 pm

Lost to view by the time I had got there, but due to my current health problems, Oscar kindly walked up the path, found the bird and phoned me, thus fairly good views were had of interesting plumage. Many Thanks Oscar
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Re: Lesser Sand Plover, Miranda

Postby rukuhia » Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:27 pm

Good views of the bird north end of stilt pond with Bruce Keeley
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Re: Lesser Sand Plover, Miranda

Postby FraserGurney » Sat Jan 18, 2020 3:42 pm

The bird was on the Stilt Ponds again this afternoon, seen by myself and a couple of others. Associating with banded dotterel to the North of the hide.
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Re: Lesser Sand Plover, Miranda

Postby David Lawrie » Sun Jan 19, 2020 10:30 pm

I saw the bird for the first time today, however my views were affected by the heat haze and short observation time.
while I am reasonably comfortable with the identification the bill certainly looks heavy for a Lesser, and hope that people are examining the details of the bird because I would not rule out a short billed Greater yet.

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