Kiwis invade S.A.

Subject: Kiwis invade S.A.
From: "David & Sue Harper" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jun 2001 22:46:07 +0930
Hi birding -aussers,
                            spent Saturday 16th at the Murray Mouth after Colin Rogers had seen many White-fronted Terns and two Arctics there the previous Sunday. South Australia is the furthest west that W F Terns migrate to. They are considered a locally uncommon winter visitor previously only seen in ones and twos during or after hard weather. The highest S.A. tally of this species known to me is approximately 30 birds. Standing on the southern shore of Hindmarsh Island scanning the sand flats towards the Murray Mouth revealed no less than 109 W F Terns, mostly first year birds but several non breeding adults. At least three individuals were seen to have a metal band on their right leg. This is an unprecedented number for S.A. Do W F Terns occur in such large concentrations elsewhere in Oz?
To complete the Kiwi theme at least twenty Double-banded Plovers were running about the place as well, many showing varying traces of the double band. The other 'best bird' was an adult Kelp Gull. This species is quite rare in S.A. with few records of late, although this one has been known to be hanging around the Murray Mouth on and off for the last couple of years. All in all not a bad days birding!
Unfortunately the Arctics had pushed off
David Harper
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