20 Caspian Terns and 1 Great Egret in breeding plumes

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Subject: 20 Caspian Terns and 1 Great Egret in breeding plumes
From: "Robert Inglis" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2001 18:40:30 -0800
Hello all,

OK! So someone is going to better this but....

Yesterday, 19/12/2001, a casual 'birdwatch' at the beach just to the north of
the Scarborough
boat-harbour on the Redcliffe Peninsula, SE Queensland, Australia, got me 20
Caspian Terns in various stages of plumage.
They were in a 'loose flock' loafing on the inter-tidal area along with the
usual Silver Gulls and Crested Terns.
This is definitely the largest number of Caspian Terns I have seen in one spot
at the same time.

A bit further south I re-learned (or is that re-learnt?) the absolute truth
always taking a camera when going birdwatching!
In the landscaped foreshore area about a kilometer south of the 20 Caspian Terns
I met a Great Egret in FULL breeding plumage.
Although I have seen many Great Egrets I don't believe I have actually seen this
plumage phase before.
The wonderfully long scapular aigrettes almost touched the ground and
the loral skin was a beautiful blue/green.
A truly fabulous bird!
I was able to get to within about 25 meters.
Any dumbo could have taken a really good photo if they had brought their camera
with them.......!!

By the time I had dashed home (obeying all road rules) to get my new digital
camera (not a Nikon D1X or a Canon EOS D30) and returned to the spot the egret
had gone....of course!
Another perfect picture missed.

Oh, well....

Bob Inglis
Woody Point
SE Qld.

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