Further to the posting made by Chris Sanderson on our behalf during the
1. The BLACK-TAILED GULL was feeding alongside (but not necessarily
getting along with) Silver Gulls on Pages Beach in Geraldton, WA
observed 9am Sunday morning (1st July). We first went to the
Fishermen's Co-op, but conditions were horrible and although several
Crested Terns attempted alighting on the pipe jetties, none could
achieve touchdown. They subsequently rested on the ground some distance
behind the breakwater, over which waves were constantly crashing. Winds
were very strong and there was a lot of salt spray around. We hung
around the co-op for a while, mostly watching from the car, before
venturing out and walking behind the breakwater, and noticing the large
amount of birds on Pages Beach. We headed off down there, pulling in
before the lighthouse and pretty much immediately saw the gull feeding
on the beach.
Gannets were numerous offshore and also observed were Yellow-nosed
Albatross and a Great Skua, which was a nice surprise. Views of this
bird were brief off Pages Beach.
2. The RED-LEGGED CRAKE, was as expected, absent. Staff confirmed that
it had not been seen since Friday 15th June. Nice pub though.
3. A GREY FALCON was observed whilst travelling north from Carnarvon on
the North West Coastal Hwy on Monday afternoon (2nd July). The sighting
was 82km south of Minilya Roadhouse. The bird flew fairly low over the
highway and we were able to get a good view from the car as the cry
went out and the brakes were applied. We then observed the bird with
binoculars as it headed off in a Northwesterly direction. Good views
were had of the bird soaring and gliding. This record is obviously
fairly close to the coast.
I will put another posting up in the coming days of other sightings
during our trip.
Cheers, Pete Kyne (Brisbane) and Claire Bartron (Perth)
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