common noddy

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Subject: common noddy
From: "John Leonard" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 20:46:19 +1100
Sometimes I've found sea birds to be quite trusting. Once standing on
a beach at Broome, supervising my young son in the water I saw a
little movement just to my left. I looked down and the wader looked up
at me and then looked out to sea. "Oh," I thought, "an immature
Sanderling". I don't know what the Sanderling was thinking, but it
stood there within a meter of me for about ten minutes.

At the moment in our backyard in suburban Canberra we have a male
Gang-gang hanging about. I think it's only recently moulted into adult
plumage, as you can see bits of immature plumage here and there. It
lets you get within a meter or so. I may just have been left by its
parents and so may be feeling a bit sorry for itself. Or maybe it's
just very naive.

John Leonard

On 24/03/2008, john hammond <> wrote:
> Hi all.  Have just spent easter down at fingal beach on the tweed coast. On 
> saturday i was surfing and ended up getting swept a fair way down the beach. 
> As i was paddling back in i saw a brown tern like bird standing on the beach 
> and went to investigate, as it turns out it was a common noddy. I didnt have 
> my bins on me at the time so i slowly walked up to the bird and not a word of 
> a lie ended up sitting beside it! As i sat down the bird shuffled its feet a 
> bit but after a couple of seconds settled down and seamed not at all worried 
> a human was sitting about a metre away. Has anyone else had experiences with 
> sea birds being so trusting? Also can anyone tell me if this is a rare 
> sighting in that neck of the woods. I would not have expected to find a 
> common noddy that far south and it was a welcome tick. Regards John.
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