red eye-ring; bill red with black tip; orange legs (Australia; 2006-06-20)

Black-fronted Dotterel
Elseyornis melanops

Native Range: Australian Region

Notes: native to Australia and introduced into New Zealand; common in the margins of freshwater wetlands; retains the same plumage year-round; rather solitary; no sexual dimorphism.

black facial streak and forehead; black breast band (Australia; 2006-06-20)

dark brown streak across wing; lighter brown back (Australia; 2006-06-20)