Had a similar experience here at Gorokan, NSW Central Coast some years
ago. I was sitting in the back yard, with only the usual chatter from
the local birds, when there was a raptor alert from the Noisy Miners
followed by several other species. at the peak of the ruckus, a
Pomarine Jaeger sailed over low.
Small rodents are their main prey on their nesting grounds, so perhaps
some occasionally get sick of fish and look for a rodent takeaway.
On 17/12/2013, at 11:25 AM, Janine Duffy wrote:
I think its amazing how well we humans come to understand the alarm
calls of our local birds.
Recently I was out for a run in my local park in port Melbourne when I
heard the 'Raptor above' alarm go up. Without thinking I looked up,
searched the dark, stormy skies, only to see a fairly big Silver Gull.
The alarms intensified and reached proportions that I've rarely heard.
Every small bird was involved. I was confused - this was not a
reaction to a gull. So I kept looking in the sky thinking maybe
something much bigger was up very high.
The gull kept circling over, and the alarms perfectly followed it. I
got my small, fairly useless, running binoculars up. The 'gull' wasn't
- it was darker, with longer wings, big heavy shoulders and a slightly
wedge-shaped tail. It was a bit bigger than a Silver Gull.
Eventually it stopped circling around and disappeared. I think it was
The wind that day was a howling Southerly, and I was only 500m from
the beach, but even so I didn't know Jaegers hunted inland. This bird
certainly was looking out for something and the small birds were
highly aware of that.
I wished I'd seen more or had a camera!
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