Asian Dowitcher (Limnodromus semipalmatus)

The following is a photograph of an Asian Dowitcher banded at Broome in May 1993.

The Asian Dowitcher has a straighter thicker bill than a godwit.  It is slightly smaller than a godwit.  They are one of the rarer waders seen in Australia (and indeed the world where they are regarded as threatened), and it is very high on the list of birds to see when visiting Broome where they can usually be found all year around.  They can be very common in Port Hedland (especially the salt works) where I have seen more than 100.

Copyright Frank O'Connor 1997-2003 Visits Last Modified 5th June 2003