Newcastle Area 8/3/98

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Subject: Newcastle Area 8/3/98
From: "Vella, Edwin" <>
Date: Mon, 09 Mar 98 08:14:00 PST
Yesterday, I was Again in the Newcastle Area showing Diana Churchill from   
Boston our wonderful birds.

Places visited were as follows:

1) Shortland - nothing much here to get excited about as the water level   
was too low for crakes

2) Newcastle Harbour - 8 White-winged Black Terns and 100 plus Common   
Terns. (both where acqurirng breeding plumage, with the WWBT's showing   
black patches on belly, under chin and underwings). 4 Arctic Jaegars (2   
dark and 2 light phase birds were chasing Terns and Gulls up the   

3) Kooragang Island/ Stockton - 1 Double-banded Plover and the usual   
other shorebirds. 100 plus Little Terns also seen fishing.

4) Ash Island- Great views of (a very cooperative) Yellow Wagtail (3   
birds were still there) aswell as hundreds of Sandpipers and Plovers   
(including 300 Lesser Golden Plovers and hundereds of ST Sandpipers). The   
best it has been on Ash Island this month. Too windy thought to look out   
for any rarities.

New birds for Diana were the Double-banded Plover and Yellow Wagtail.

Diana has been in Australia since November last year (5 months) and had   
seen 450 species since being in Austalia. It has been my pleasure in   
showing her around the birds in NSW.

Thats all for now !


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