Affinis = Asian Gull-billed Terns, more

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Subject: Affinis = Asian Gull-billed Terns, more
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:06:24 +1100
G'day all
How great it is to have learned of all these records spread all around our 
coastline. Thanks to everyone for responding to Jill's call for records. I was 
the off-list person who asked Jill about other records of this Asian race - 
because they don't seem to get reported all that often, I was curious as to 
where & when they've turned-up before...
I think that you could say that we have them here in Cairns as uncommon but 
regular visitors in very small numbers - I have only checked the Cairns 
Esplanade birds, so I strongly suspect other birds could visit our region as 
well. Since we first noticed them here a few years back on The Esplanade, the 
records for this site are:  3 in 2007, 4 in 2008, 3 in 2009, & 2 in 2010.
Let's keep a look out next season for more of these lovely birds ... on the 
coast & inland !!
Cheers for now
Martin Cachard
0428 782 808

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