RFI again - Fairy Terns Great Ocean Rd

To: Colin R <>, birding-aus NEW <>
Subject: RFI again - Fairy Terns Great Ocean Rd
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 03:46:29 +0000
Hi again Colin,

Not sure if you got any feedback, so here's some info re Fairy Tern in sunny 
Vic. From my experience, there are a number places you can generally see Fairy 

West of Melbourne, you can usually see them at the Birdhide at the Western 
Treatment Plant. If you don't have access to a key, you'll need to ask someone 
to take you in.

Another good spot to look is along the beach at Edwards Point Wildlife Reserve. 
I once found them breeding at the point itself - the first time they'd breed in 
the Port Philip Bay for nearly 20 years. The beach is suffering from coastal 
erosions, so mid and low tide would be the best time to see them. See

East of Melbourne, a good place to look is Lake Tyers estuary (near Lakes 
Entrance), especially from the boat ramp at end of Lakeside Drive, see 
-37.852043, 148.087297. Here you can look across the inlet to 'Tern Island', 
where there's a breeding colony of both Fairy and Tern. They arrive in October/ 
November and leave February/March. There's a Breeding Monitoring Program run by 
DSE. From the island the terns fly out the entrance of Lake Tyers, so you can 
also seem them feeding just outside the surf break at Lake Tyers beach. They 
are also fairly regular along the beach at Cape Conran.

Hope this helps,


From: Birding-Aus  on behalf of Colin R 

Sent: Wednesday, February 04, 2015 10:42 AM
To: birding-aus NEW
Subject: RFI again - Fairy Terns Great Ocean Rd

Hi All

Following on from the success of my previous request - thank you to all
those who replied - incredible response!

I am going to chance my arm again and ask if anyone has any hot spots
for Fairy Tern along the Great Ocean Rd in recent weeks?

Its almost embarassing to admit it, but I just haven't been able to lock
onto this species anywhere.

Thank you for your patience,

  Colin Reid
So many birds, so little time......

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