Re: Unusual sighting

Subject: Re: Unusual sighting
From: (Ronald Orenstein)
Date: Sun, 13 Aug 1995 23:36:22 -0400
>A Kelp Gull has been sighted in Townsville last Tuesday and Friday. It is 
>thought to be a first sighting for North Queensland, and that it was 
>probably blown off course on it's way from NZ. I went for a look yesterday 
>along the Strand and the usual nearby freshwater bathing pools frequented by 
>gulls and terns, but no luck. It got a mention in the paper with a photo of 
>the spotter (Frank Harrison, grinning) and the gull flying just next to his 

According to my notes I saw a Kelp Gull on the Cairns waterfront on February
28, 1973.  My notes say that the same bird had been present there for years;
it must have been seen by many people.

Unless this bird was not accepted as a valid record (or there has been some
sort of taxonomic split here that has escaped my notice), I do not see how
the Townsville bird can be a first for North Queensland.  Or could my bird
have been a Lesser Black-back?  Does anyone remember this critter?
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