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Black Fronted Dotterel

Black Fronted Dotterels are common birds always running around at the edge of the water.  They can be hard to photograph a lot of the time as they don’t seem to stand still for more than a second.  At Skinners Flat Reservoir, near Wedderburn, Vic, there are always a number of them running around.

Wikipedia Description

The black-fronted dotterel (Elseyornis melanops) is a small, slender plover that is widespread throughout most of Australia, and is native to New Zealand.

It is common in freshwater wetlands, around the edges of lakes and billabongs, and in shallow, temporary claypan pools. It is also found occupying saline mudflats and estuaries, but rarely. They are generally sedentary, with a single bird, a pair, or a family group occupying a stretch of habitat on a more or less permanent basis. However, some individuals appear to travel considerable distances, and flocks will sometimes congregate in food-rich areas.

Unlike many other wading birds, black-fronted dotterels retain the same plumage all year round, which makes identification easier. They forage in a series of short running motions, holding the body horizontal, stopping to peck from time to time with a rapid bobbing motion. Their diet consists of mostly insects and other small creatures, supplemented by a few seeds.

Eggs gestation period: 4–5 weeks. up to 3 eggs have been observe on nest. 24 hours after they hatch chicks leave the nest to hide in less exposed areas, at the same time both parents look after them.

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