Black-Fronted Dotterels

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 04, 2015 at 14:07
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Hi all,

Spent some time on the week end watching these amazing little birds at Lake Claremont here in WA.

They are extremely quick, and very comical at times.

They are Black-fronted Dotterels.





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Barry H
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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Sunday, Jan 04, 2015 at 18:01

Sunday, Jan 04, 2015 at 18:01
Nice photos
We get the same ones here on the east coat as well
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Reply By: Member - Bill13 - Sunday, Jan 04, 2015 at 18:10

Sunday, Jan 04, 2015 at 18:10
Hi Barry,
They certinally are interesting birds to watch. Once on a mine site I found this bird in the middle of a roadway and it only moved at the last minute to get out of the way. I stopped and as I walked back, it done it's broken wing trick and tried to lure me away from the area. I found later two well camouflaged eggs among the gravel in the centre of the road. I placed two witches hats around the nest and for the next 3 weeks or so traffic avoided or slowed down when going past the hats. The chicks were born and raised on the hot gravel roadway. Tough little buggers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Sunday, Jan 04, 2015 at 22:34

Sunday, Jan 04, 2015 at 22:34
Hi Bill13,


Yes they pulled the same trick on the week end, quite interesting to watch, you would swear blind that they are injured, really good actors.


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Barry H
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 08:59

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 08:59
Years ago I came across a family of wood ducks on our dam. Chicks were very young. The parents went into a full-blown broken wing routine - I had read about it but had never seen it, so I followed one of the parents who lead me at least 150m away, all the time putting on this incredible broken wing display. Amazing to watch - and it all ended abruptly when the "injured" bird just flew off - unforgettable.

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Val
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 21:39

Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 21:39
Hi Barry.

Thanks; great pics.

Lake Claremont has had a number of interesting sightings recently.

Unusual Bird Sightings WA

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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 23:51

Monday, Jan 05, 2015 at 23:51
Thanks John, an interesting website.

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Barry H
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Reply By: The Explorer - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 00:27

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 00:27
Great photos ...

Hooded Plovers are better (though my photos aren't :)..slightly harder to find but worth the effort.



Good to see some birders in the crew. Wildflowers are over rated :)

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Follow Up By: Member - Barry H (WA) - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 00:41

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 00:41
You are right Explorer, good to see some birders here, I think we need a bird section on this site.

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Barry H
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 08:53

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 08:53
At least wildflowers keep still ;-)



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Val
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Reply By: Kilcowera Station Stay - Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 06:40

Tuesday, Jan 06, 2015 at 06:40
An excellent idea - if wildflowers are considered to be worthy of a place why not birds too? We get many dedicated birdwatchers and also many learner types visiting Kilcowera. One thing they all have in common is the curiosity to learn about what it is they are seeing and to go hunting for the birds of a specific area. Toni
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