Just spent a pleasant hour sea-watching from my
usual spot at Soldier's Pt., on the Central Coast of NSW, ~100km north of
Nothing exceptional, although the Giant Petrel was
nice. What was fun, though, was comparing birds from 3 pairs of very similar
There were a few Short-tailed Shearwarters amongst
the hundreds of Wedge-tailed SW, and it was interesting to try to find them.
(Saw my first STSW on the 28/9)
Also had good views of several Huttons SW, looking
much darker above than the Fluttering SW at the moment and quite easy to
Finally, there was a large, mixed flock (~200) of
White-fronted and Common Terns present which allowed comparison of these 2
species. (These are my first Common Terns of the season)
It would have been a great exercise for those with
less experience in seabird identification, so if you have trouble with the
species mentioned you may want to check out what's off shore at the moment to
hone your skills.
Giant Petrel (probably Southern as I couldn't see a
dark bill tip)
Also on the rocks with the Terns were:
Finally, stopped off at Karagi Pt., North Entrance,
to check out the area where the Little Terns breed and found several Red-capped
Plovers, and Masked Lapwings with a nest which had 4 eggs.
Heading back to the car I scanned the gulls on the
sand bank across the other side and found two adult Kelp Gulls, very rare birds
for the Central Coast.
A most enjoyable morning.
Central Coast, NSW,