|To:||"jon wren" <>|
|Subject:||Re: Little Terns.|
|From:||Jill Dening <>|
|Date:||Fri, 6 Oct 2000 09:19:18 +1000|
As far as I know, you have a different population of Little Terns up your way. As I understand it, there are three populations of sterna albifrons in Australia.
I wonder which population you were looking at last month. It would be too early for the north Australian population to be going into breeding plumage in September. It would seem to be too far north for the SEAust population, and so I guess it's possible you were looking at early returned birds from the northern hemisphere, still in breeding plumage after breeding.
Do you lose your Little Terns from Bowen, and if so, when? What kind of number would be a peak population flock up your way? Here in SE Qld we lose ours during the autumn, and they return during the late spring, and hang around all summer in very large numbers - thousands. All of the above comes off the top of my head without checking, so please correct me if I am in error.
I'll post separately on yesterday's Caloundra sandbanks monitoring.
Nice to see you popping up again Jon. Say hi to the family from me, and we've still got the beds made up for you.
Sunshine Coast, Qld
Ph (07) 5494 0994
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