Cumberland Chimney

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Subject: Cumberland Chimney
From: Peter Morgan <>
Date: Wed, 14 Oct 2015 20:57:05 +0000
Whispered Terns developing breeding plumage and red bill and legs at Cumberland 
Chimney, nth Qld, yesterday.
Don't know how much longer the water will last - none in the lower pools where 
we had all the finches about four years back, and the trees around them in a 
poor state.
Told by council worker that toilets are to go in next year.

Peter and Bev Morgan

Re the white bird at Chillagoe:  we've been out of touch for quite a while, but 
I haven't seen my report that the consensus we got on the leucistic bird was a 
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, not a Drongo.  It flew across in front of the car 
as we were leaving, making it the first and last thing we saw there.

The conservation battle is never finally won; the development battle is.

> On 14 Oct 2015, at 10:07 pm, Peter Ewin <> wrote:
> I agree, whiskered tern are regularly recorded at yanga, and so this is the 
> most likely species, particularly if you were looking at yanga lake near the 
> homestead.
> Cheers,
> Peter
>> From: 
>> Why would WWBT de developing breeding plumage when they have just migrated 
>> from their breeding grounds in the Northern hemisphere? Sounds an odd 
>> observation, they were probably Whiskered Terns which do develop black on 
>> their belly and chest and breed in Australia in spring!!!
>>> On 14 Oct 2015, at 21:39, Simon <> wrote:
>>> A colleague and I were visiting Yanga National Park in NSW today and
>>> identified what were certainly a number of white winged (black) terns
>>> (Chlidonias leucopeterus) in developing breeding plumage (black appearing on
>>> the lower chest and belly). They weren't on the Park's bird list.
>>> Simon Robinson
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