Caloundra sandbanks, SEQld, 27/12/01

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Subject: Caloundra sandbanks, SEQld, 27/12/01
From: jilldening <>
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2001 14:19:12 +1100
Hi Everyone,

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, and for those in proximity to
bushfire danger, I hope you were safe. A lot of native wildlife didn't fare
very well, but (trying to be positive) the fittest should have survived to
ensure that strong genes will prevail.

We conducted an exhausting survey of the Caloundra sandbanks yesterday, and
accomplished it despite heat haze, uncaring holidaymakers and restless
birds. The total tern count was 20,636, and you can read that as
conservative. You will see below a category called "Unidentified terns". We
are able to pick out the Crested Terns easily on the wing at dusk, but have
to lump Commons, Littles and White-winged Blacks into one category, as they
are of similar size and come in at such a rate that it is impossible for us
to be more accurate. Where the three latter species have been identified, it
was done on the sandbanks at rest.





Tern, Caspian     2
Tern, Common     6106
Tern, Crested     1834
Tern, Little     1374
Tern, White-winged     1580
Terns unidentified    9740 (COTE, WWTE, LITE)

Gull, Silver     418
Curlew, Eastern     12
Whimbrel    12
Godwit, Bar-tailed     123
Knot, Great     13
Sandpiper, Curlew     67
Greenshank    1
Stint, Red-necked     1
Plover, Greater Sand     23
Plover, Red-capped     20
Plover, Pacific Golden     18
Plover spp GSPL/LSPL    5
Oystercatcher, Pied     1
Pelican, Australian     3
Cormorant, Pied     5
Cormorant, Little Black     13
Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51'     152º 56'
Ph (07) 5494 0994

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