Grovel, grovel- terns, SEQld

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Subject: Grovel, grovel- terns, SEQld
From: jilldening <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2001 17:54:51 +1000
Hello All,

I spoke too soon. There is a lot to be said for keeping one's opinions to
oneself. A few weeks ago on birding-aus I made some observations which I
found interesting. Here is one of my aforementioned observations of activity
on the Caloundra sandbanks:

"In Caloundra we see an increase in shorebird feeding frenzy during the late
autumn and winter when soldier crabs are present on the dropping tide.
Eastern Curlew, Whimbrel, Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey-tailed Tattler are
especially fond of soldier crabs. Terns never feed on sandbanks (should one
say never?). "

This is the point at which I grovel...........

Last Thursday during our tern survey in Caloundra we clearly saw Gull-billed
Terns eating soldier crabs on the sand. When I saw the first bird, I
wondered if it was a disadvantaged bird seeking easy food, but we saw a
second bird do the same thing. It happened a few times. So please accept my
apologies for posting misleading information. However, I have been watching
terns for some years, and can't recall seeing this happen before. Maybe I
have a memory problem. (But I don't have an ego problem. I'm well practised
at recanting.)


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