FW: [canberrabirds] Whiskered Tern at Kelly's this am - again

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Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] Whiskered Tern at Kelly's this am - again
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 02:20:12 +0000

Although Con has recorded it taking fish, my experience of this species locally is that it appears during periods of strong winds taking large insects blown onto the water surface  -  or perhaps when there are only moderate winds but a lot of insects


From: Con Boekel [
Sent: Saturday, 30 September 2017 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Whiskered Tern at Kelly's this am - again



Yes to both Dairy Rd and Monaro (briefly in both cases) and none visible while I was looking for them.




On 9/30/2017 10:57 AM, Martin Butterfield wrote:

On Tuesday I wrote down 6 Whiskered Terns at North Weston Ponds and regarded that as a conservative estimate.  There could have been up to 10 but it was, as Julie says,  hard to keep track of them.  I would be very confident that this didn't include the one Michael Maconochie reported from Kellys that morning, so at a minimum there are 7 in the area.


In the past Terns have also been recorded at the poo pits (particularly the set of three ponds): has anyone had a peer into them from either Dairy rd or the Monaro Highway?


On 30 September 2017 at 10:26, Con Boekel <> wrote:

Hi Julie

A Silver Gull joined the Kelly's trio at odd times. Did you see the North Weston Ponds birds between 10 am and 10.55? if so, the total is 6 individuals.




On 9/30/2017 10:18 AM, Julie Clark wrote:

Hi All,


The Whiskered Terns were still at the North Weston Ponds yesterday too. We definitely saw four hunting in the late morning but there could easily have been more ... hard to keep track as the Silver Gulls joined in to make the counting task a little more tricky.


Photos ... that was a challenge!! ... on Flickr in case anyone is interested.





On Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 11:13 AM, Con Boekel <> wrote:

3 actively hunting from about ten. They were still there at 10.55; wide-ranging but mostly near the Cygnus Hide.



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