Kelp Gull on Sunshine Coast.

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Subject: Kelp Gull on Sunshine Coast.
From: "Paul Walbridge" <>
Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2011 07:18:59 +1000
Hi All, Brian Russell and myself journeyed up to the Sunshine Coast yesterday 
hoping to get some good shots of the visiting Kelp Gull. On arriving early at 
Cottontree we quickly located the bird some 300-400 metres away on one of the 
sand banks with an ever dropping tide. Hopeless, no way we could get close and 
the minutes were ticking by and that up turned Canadian canoe nearby was 
beginning to look very tempting especially as no-one seemed to know at the 
caravan park as to who owned it! Mind you there were no paddles and you've all 
heard the one about being up a certain creek without a paddle!! Exactly how we 
However after a few quick flights around the sand bar and a few quick naps the 
Kelp Gull took off with a few Silver Gulls and headed south. After a few 
hurried flight shots we quickly took off to try and track it down. First stop 
Alexandra Headland, where there wasn't  much save for a Wandering Tattler, 3 
Ospreys, loads of White-throated Needletails and lots of very tame (and large) 
Eastern Water Dragons.
Next stop Pt. Cartwright, where there was even less, not even wandering Tattler 
and just 3 Sooty Oystercatchers. So after a fruitless search there we decided 
to take a different way out from there to our usual route and drove slowly 
along Harbour Parade along the southern edge of the Mooloolah River looking out 
for congregations of Silver Gulls. Sure enough, on pulling up at the Kawana 
boat ramp there was a fish cleaning station with a few Silver Gulls in 
attendance, right opposite to the main trawler and long lining fleet ( gull 
heaven). The first house to the left had several silver Gulls festooned on the 
gangway to the pontoon and above them just 15 metres from us was the big bopper 
resting on a pylon.
So for the next hour or so we got some great close-up shots as it rested and 
fed on offal being thrown from one of the trawlers, unlike the Silver Gulls 
though wasn't interested in our Big Rooster chips or sausage roll from our 
favourite local Danish pie shop. This is my 4th Queensland record of Kelp Gull 
and going on the deep bill it would be an adult male bird. Cheers - Paul W.

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