A good seawatch off Mistral Point, Maroubra, south-east Sydney
yesterday (25th) turned up another Arctic Tern, this time a sub-adult
with a dark bill, about 300-400 meters from the cliffs. This is the
third record here this winter, and this was a different bird from the
adult Dave Mitford and I saw on 10th July.
Also an Antarctic Prion feeding close to the cliffs, allowing
prolonged views, and a Great-winged Petrel (New Zealand race)
wheeling around in the winds a couple of hundred meters out.
White-fronted Terns are now regular, as are Brown Skuas, and Hutton's
Shearwaters are beginning to come through in numbers, some days
outnumbering Fluttering. There still hasn't been a single Wandering
Albatross this winter off Maroubra that I've heard of (five records
during summer and early autumn). A Cape Petrel on 21st was another
good recent record.
On another note, Roger McGovern saw a Striated Heron last weekend at
the south end of Maroubra Beach, and I saw a Bar-shouldered Dove by
the rifle range on Wednesday, birds number 180 and 181 for the local
list since 1996 (Maroubra Beach and Malabar Headland), which doesn't
include seven historic records.
Dr Rod Gardner
Department of Linguistics
School of Modern Language Studies
University of New South Wales
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