Re: Black-naped Terns mainland breeding site?

Subject: Re: Black-naped Terns mainland breeding site?
From: David James <>
Date: Thu, 05 Mar 1998 11:31:31 +1000
Thanks for the follow-up John,

I was at Coral Beach on 11 and 12 Jan.  Saw 2 Sooty Oycs and 2 Wandering
Tattlers, but there was no sign of breeding plumage on the Tattlers then. I
saw no large sand-plovers; perhaps they are migrating through now. Perhaps
the Common Terns have moved off?

At 19:56 3/03/98 PST, you wrote:
>On Sunday March 1 Joh van Tieman, Camilla Wren and myself visited Cape 
>Edgecumbe/Coral Beach Bowen, Queensland in search of nesting Black-naped 
>Terns. Time 09.40 - 11.40. SE moderate breeze.
>The tide on this particular day was one of the biggest for the season 
>and it was pleasing to observe that the area where the BNTerns would 
>have possibly nested was still high and dry. 
>No breeding sites were observed in the area that proved most suitable 
>but that is not to say that they hadn't been utilised earlier. I think 
>the report I read was for January 1998.
>Birds observed  Wandering Tattlers (breeding plumage)  2
>                          Sooty Oystercatcher  2
>                           Large Sand Plovers  34
>                           Ruddy Turnstone  4
>                           Pied Cormorant 38
>                           Silver Gull 11
>                            Crested Tern 64
>                            Black-naped Tern 8 (2 juveniles)
>                             Little Tern 3
>Details recorded for the Qld Wader Study Group. Joh was pleased with his 
>new bird the Wandering Tattler and we managed to pick up all 
>distinguishing features plus two calls when one bird was in flight.
>Jon Wren

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