Sabine's Gull, Scarborough (Redcliffe, QLD)

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Subject: Sabine's Gull, Scarborough (Redcliffe, QLD)
From: "Andrew Stafford" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 17:14:39 +1000
Hi all,

Made it out to the Redcliffe area this afternoon - work commitments
prevented me going earlier - to look for the Sabine's Gull. No Tony, it is
not a furphy, the observer concerned has seen hundreds of them and it's in
full breeding nick. If you've seen a Sabine's before you'll know they're
unmistakeable even in non-breeding plumage.

Unfortunately, I was unable to verify it myself, despite checking every
group of gulls I could find between Scarborough Boat Harbour and Clontarf.
Basically it could be anywhere in Moreton Bay or beyond and I'll have
another look tomorrow morning including at Southbank in South Brisbane,
where a Franklin's Gull turned up in the late 1990s. Obviously the more eyes
out, the better.

It's worth pointing out that the rocky spit to the right of the boat harbour
at Scarborough had probably a couple of hundred Silver Gulls roosting this
afternoon along with Crested, Caspian, Common and Little Terns. It was the
first place I looked and certainly it wasn't a bad place to start. Bob
Inglis I hope has his eagle eyes out in the area so hopefully it'll show up.

Andrew Stafford


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