Whiskered Tern at Kelly's this am - again

To: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Subject: Whiskered Tern at Kelly's this am - again
From: Sicheng Wan <>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 05:49:42 +0000
These two kinds of terns both breed in East China in summer months. I am superised with their capability. They really endeavour to survive, flying such a huge distance and breeding twice a year.

Two days ago I visited a wetland near my home and I found that the whiskered tern had left and migrated south. Last week they were still there.


Sicheng Wan


2017年10月01日 13:08m("","gdabb");">Geoffrey Dabb 写道:

Dear Sicheng Wan


Yes, they do indeed.  Martin Butterfield of this chatline has recently drawn attention to breeding near Canberra (see below).  On the other hand the closely related White-winged Black Tern visits Australia as a non-breeding migrant.


From: Sicheng Wan [
Sent: Sunday, 1 October 2017 3:50 PM
To: Geoffrey Dabb
Subject: Re: [canberrabirds] Whiskered Tern at Kelly's this am - again


Do they breed in Australia? From the photography they seem to have breedi; plumage.




20170930 15:14m("","gdabb");">Geoffrey Dabb 写道:

Yes  -  the Australian headquarters of the species is probably Werribee, where seasonally there are tens of thousands, easily the most common bird in the area.  They have a particular liking for hover-hunting over roadside strips of feral rape, which must be very rich in insect life.  The birds plunge completely into this.  In the below the distinctive profile of the You Yangs can be seen in the background.




From: Martin Butterfield [
Sent: Saturday, 30 September 2017 1:18 PM
To: Con Boekel
Cc: COG List
Subject: Re: FW: [canberrabirds] Whiskered Tern at Kelly's this am - again


The words of HANZAB are interesting.  Based on observations from the Northern Territory there is apparently a marked difference between sexes with males eating more fish and females more invertebrates.  


During last year's breeding event on the Hoskinstown Plain the Terns were frequently seen flying in flocks over grasshopper ridden paddocks 100+ metres from the waters edge.  Given the ephemeral nature of that marsh, and it not having a direct connection with a permanent water body I doubt greatly if there were any fish in it.


On 30 September 2017 at 13:02, Con Boekel <> wrote:

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