Crested Tern plumages

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Subject: Crested Tern plumages
From: jilldening <>
Date: Sun, 25 Aug 2002 13:17:30 +1000
Hi All,

I was interested on Friday to see that two Crested Terns (CRTE) on the
Caloundra sandbanks, SEQld, were in full breeding plumage, in winter. A few
weeks ago we also had one individual in breeding plumage.

Whilst I realise that Crested Terns breed in all seasons, depending on
latitude ( and possibly for other reasons of which I am unaware), in
south-east Queensland I have observed a clear pattern of courtship in the
spring, and a diminishing of the population locally when they go off to
breed in summer. The young start to arrive with their parents in late
January. Well, perhaps I should rephrase that: the young are seen begging
from adults in Caloundra from late January. [I had a feeling that the summer
breeding season of 2001/02 was not a good one in our region, for we saw few

I can't explain why we should have individuals present here now in breeding
plumage. Does anyone have any information which could explain it? Who sees
CTRE breeding, and where? I know they breed on Lady Elliott Island, the
southernmost of the Barrier Reef islands, and perhaps someone knows when
they start.


Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51'     152º 56'
Ph (07) 5494 0994

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