Re: Bayside (Port Phillip Bay) update - mainly terns

Subject: Re: Bayside (Port Phillip Bay) update - mainly terns
From: David James <>
Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 22:45:40 +1000
At 18:50 18/06/98 +1000, micheal Norris wrote:
>Can anyone help with tern identification please.

For Little vers Fairy Terns you can't go past HANZAB 3. For Common and
White-Fronted Terns check-out the article in Wingspan: Carter & Eades 1994,
"the Comic Terns..." Wingspan #16 Dec 1994, pp.16-19. Great photos and
plenty of info. Of course, HANZAB 3 is excellent too, but more heavy. Can't
say much more without descriptions to work with.

Caspian can be identified in flight at long distances (when the huge red
honker can't be seen) by wholly black underside of primaries and paler grey
upperparts than other large terns. The flight is also pretty heavy and gull
like - more details in HANZAB.

hope this is of some help

David James
PO BOX 5225
Townsville Mail Centre 4810

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