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March 25, 2009

Bird Photography Stockton 090324

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Bird Photography at Stockton, 24th March, 2009

Today I went to the Stockton side of the Hunter River to look for the Pacific Golden Plovers that hang around the wreck. But they were not around. There wasnt much of anything around. I took a few photos of some Welcome Swallows and Magpie-larks but nothing turned out very well.

I then went over to the Stockton Sandspit under the bridge and walked towards the sandspit. There were a few Eastern Curlews with a flock of Silver Gulls and some Pelicans. There was a flock of Bar-tailed Godwits feeding in the shallow water. I do not think there were any Black-tailed Godwits with them as far as I could tell.

The easiest way to tell Bar-tailed from Black-tailed Godwits is to see them in the air. Notice the tail feathers on these Bar-tailed Godwits. The Black-tailed Godwits have a solid black bar at the end of the tail with white on the rump. They also have a white stripe on the wing.

Bar-tailed Godwits

Here is another shot of some Bar-tailed Godwits in flight.

Bar-tailed Godwits

After the Bar-tailed Godwits had flown off I noticed some smaller plovers on the beach. There were a couple of Lesser Sand Plovers(Charadrius mongolus) who were fossicking on the beach with some Red-capped Plovers.

Lesser Sand Plover

The Lesser Sand Plover was formerly known as the Mongolian Plover.

Lesser Sand Plover

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