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Buffalo Creek, 1 May 1999

About 15 enthusiasts turned out in the bitterly cold (18 degrees or so) weather and had quite a fine time. The waders turned up late, just as we were about to give up. There were perhaps 1200 in total, mostly Great and Red Knots, Greater Sand Plovers and Bar-tailed Godwits. A few surprises (swifts, pratincole) added some extra interest.
Most of the waders that were there would likely overwinter, since they were all (except a couple of Red Knots) in non-breeding plumage.

Bird List

Australian Pelican Pelecanus conspicillatus - Four
Little Egret Egretta garzetta
Eastern Reef Egret Egretta sacra - Four, 3 grey, 1 white
Great Egret Ardea alba
Striated Heron Butorides striatus
Black Kite Milvus migrans - 20
White-bellied Sea-Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster - Three, 1 juv, 1 imm, 1 adult
Nankeen Kestrel Falco cenchroides
Orange-footed Scrubfowl Megapodius reinwardt
Bar-tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica
Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia - One
Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos - One
Great Knot Calidris tenuirostris
Red Knot Calidris canutus
Sanderling Calidris alba - Eight
Red-necked Stint Calidris ruficollis - Ten
Australian Pratincole Stiltia isabella - One, early record; quite unusual on the beach
Red-capped Plover Charadrius ruficapillus - Eight+; one bird sitting on nest in clump of grass, c.25m from landward edge of beach
Greater Sand Plover Charadrius leschenaultii
Red-kneed Dotterel Erythrogonys cinctus - Four at mouth of creek; unusual to see them there
White-winged Black Tern Chlidonias leucoptera - One bird in breeding plumage flew over
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica - Three
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia - 22
Crested Tern Sterna bergii
Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis - Four
Bar-shouldered Dove Geopelia humeralis
Little Corella Cacatua sanguinea - 50, flew over; coming from the sea
Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus
Fork-tailed Swift Apus pacificus - Six, quite a late record
Rainbow Bee-eater Merops ornatus
Great Bowerbird Chlamydera nuchalis
Brown Honeyeater Lichmera indistincta
Red-headed Honeyeater Myzomela erythrocephala
Brown Whistler Pachycephala simplex
Spangled Drongo Dicrurus bracteatus
Black Butcherbird Cracticus quoyi - several heard, one seen near carpark
Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike Coracina novaehollandiae - 15
Varied Triller Lalage leucomela
Tree Martin Hirundo nigricans - 60+
Yellow White-eye Zosterops luteus
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