I was out birding in Barwon Heads, Victoria yesterday with Craig
Morley and noted a juvenile, begging (although unsuccessful) Caspain
Tern at Barwon Heads Estuary. Maybe they just got an early start this
On Sep 11, 5:05 pm, Jill Dening <> wrote:
> Hi again with another question,
> On Friday at Noosa, SEQ, I photographed a begging juvenile Caspian Tern
> (CATE) with adult. The juvenile bird has plenty of brown flecks in its
> plumage, and the bill is orange-red rather than the bright red of normal
> adults. September is not a month when I expect to see begging CATE.
> Normally we see the youngsters after they have migrated north with
> adults from southern Australia following the summer breeding.This
> juvenile bird wouldn't be more than 2-3 months old.
> I checked HANZAB, which wasn't all that helpful. It would seem that in
> northern Australia, CATE breeding can take place at any time. But few
> examples of breeding locations are given.
> Does anyone have any specific knowledge of CATE breeding events and
> locations which might explain why I would have a juvenile CATE in SEQ
> right now?
> Jill Dening
> Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia
> 26 51' 41"S 152 56' 00"E
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