Hi all and David in particular,
On my frequent Atlassing surveys of the Encounter Bay foreshore about 3-4
kilometres South of the CBD of Victor Harbor township (Southern Coast of the
Fleurieu Peninsula) I almost always on each survey see a pair (not necessarily
a bird of each gender) of Pacific Gulls. Sometimes, but more rarely there may
be three birds.
The most frequent sightings have occurred at times of low tide when the
in-shore reef is exposed and visible from Franklin Parade between Bartel
Boulevard and Whalers Road T-junctions.
It is just as often that I see a pair (or sometimes 3) of Sooty Oyster Catchers
and always numerous White Faced Herons.
Further South (about 2-3 kilometres) along Franklin Parade on the rocks
opposite the Whalers Haven (restaurant) an Eastern Reef Egret (Dark Morph) was
seen in close company with a White Faced Heron today (unfortunately not by me).
I hope this is of some benefit to our Dutch visitor.
David James wrote:
> I have received a letter from Ted Hoogendoorn of the Netherlands asking for
> advice about easy places to see Pacific Gulls. Ted is writing a guide to
> the gulls of the world (I can't recall whether its for pica or Helm). He
> is interested in looking at the differences in bill-pattern loral point and
> iris colour in three widely separated areas:
> I quote
> 1) The coast north of Perth, for n.w. populations of subspecies georgii;
> where on the mainland can I rely on seeing them in any numbers? Would
> Geraldton be OK or do I have to go further north into Shark Bay? But where,
> Carnarvon, Denham?
> 2) The coastal area around adelaide for E. population of subspecies
> georgii; but where exactly on the Fleurieu Peninsula, Kangaroo I., or
> perhaps Yorke Peninsula (Black Point)?
> 3) Wilson's Promontory for subspecies pacificus; and is Altona also OK?
> end quote
> The dates aren't settled, but I gather that the visit will be rushed. Can
> anyone suggest reliable specific roost sights (with directions) to help him
> see as many adults and immatures as possible. He has not asked for guidance
> from locals but I'm sure it would be appreciated if anyone has the time.
> Reply to me and I will forward the comments by snail mail.
> thanks in advance
> and thanks to Russel for drawing attention to the fact that this message
> didn't get thru first time.
> David James
> PO BOX 5225
> Townsville Mail Centre,
> Qld 4810, Australia
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