Aleutian Terns at Old Bar, NSW

To: Phil Gregory <>, "" <>
Subject: Aleutian Terns at Old Bar, NSW
From: Mick Roderick via Birding-Aus <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 04:53:43 +0000
Hi everyone,
Yes it is a fascinating discovery that is still unfolding. 15 birds have been 
seen at the site today (14/12).
There has been a little bit of confusion though about the location of an active 
Little Tern nesting colony that is at the site. To simplify things, NSW NPWS 
(who actively manage the Little Tern colony; an endangered species in NSW) have 
requested that people access the Aleutian Terns by walking along the main 
beach, keeping the fenced area to your left as you go. Then once the fence runs 
out, cut back into the estuary and the Aleutians will be somewhere on the 
sandflats (assuming you're there at the right tide).
There is a map and directions posted on Birdline NSW:
It has also been pinned at the top of the Australian Twitchers Facebook page.
Note that the aerial photo is an old one and it doesn't depict the fact that 
the estuary is currently closed to the sea.

From: Phil Gregory <>
 Sent: Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 21:16
 Subject: [Birding-Aus] Aleutian Terns at Old Bar, NSW

13 there this afternoon Dec 13 on a rising tide, we stayed from 1430-1600 and 
got great views, many thanks to Liam the finder who put the word out, and also 
found the very first here last year it seems! I suspect this may have been much 
overlooked as hardly anyone knows what they look like in winter, I was 
pleasantly surprised at how different they were, with the slender bill, short 
dark olive legs, dark trailing edge to the secondaries and very white face with 
white over the eye and almost a white eyebrow ridge. A great tick!
Phil Gregory
ornithological writer/tour leader/tour facilitator
Field Guides / Sicklebill Safaris / Cassowary House / Cassowary Tours
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