This bird arrives from its Arctic and Alaskan breeding grounds in our summer - so really the idea that it 'over winters' anywhere is not correct. This is one of the key waders you need to be able to identify inVictoria, once you can ID these, you can't start to find birds which are not Re-necked Stints!
These birds are not in their breeding plumage, and are probably part of the population that does not fly north to breed. Even though they 'should' be elsewhere, you can normally find a few in the correct habitats.
This bird is about 13 - 16cm long, and when we band them, you can easily hold two or three safely at one time. These birds we feeding in the mud of some drying semi-slaine lakes at Point Lonsdale a few week ago. I have say I always like watching these busy little birds.
These birds don't have a 'red-neck' because they have not come into breeding plumage. I do like the images with the reflections.
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