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Bar-tailed GodwitsNine members attended our wader day out led by Pat, our wader expert. Report photos Gail. It was an early start, meeting at the VIC at 6am and then travelling to the Port of Brisbane. On arrival we saw a few birds including the lovely Double-barred Finch, but no waders so we moved on to the Wynnum Esplanade. A large group of waders was madly feeding in the mud in and around a rocky outcrop; mostly Bar-tailed Godwits, some in their beautiful chestnut-coloured breeding plumage, Grey-tailed Tattlers and Great Knots. Several Pied Oystercatchers were feeding amongst the waders and calling.

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