"jon wren" <>
Sun, 22 Oct 2000 07:05:46 GMT
Gooday Jill and all,
Walked to the mouth of the Don River at Bowen Qld. 20 00S yesterday
afternoon and witnessed a huge flock of mixed Terns travelling in a
southerley direction at least 2500+.
Time was 17.00 with the flock consisting Crested Terns, Common Terns,
Black-naped Terns and Little Tern. The latter two species had the least
number present while the bulk of the flock was Crested and Common Terns.
The flock stretched a fair distance with birds sighted through the glasses
for as far as I could see looking to the North and towards Cape Edgecumbe.
The distance from shore was difficult to judge as again birds could be seen
for a considerable distance offshore.
Some Terns were massed in feeding frenzies that attracted at least 200+
birds continually diving into the water. I sighted at least four of these
The Black-naped and Little Terns fed on the extremity of the main flock with
only individuals diving into the water as opposed to the other Terns mass
The Common Terns showed a distinct dark leading edge to the wings.
Conditions at the time were fairly rough with a strong sou-easterly blowing.
High tide was to be at 20.20.
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