Caloundra sandbanks 6/10/00

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Subject: Caloundra sandbanks 6/10/00
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Fri, 6 Oct 2000 12:05:16 +1000
Hello all,

Every Thursday I monitor the birds on the Caloundra sandbanks with
Barb Dickson.  Caloundra is at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast
in South-East Queensland.

Of the Crested Terns (CRTE), one flock of 424 included at least 65
birds (15%) in full breeding plumage. Another flock of 82 included at
least 30 (36%) in full breeding plumage.

Following last week's discussion about Lesser Crested Terns (LCTE)
occurring in greater numbers than I thought was the case, I searched
the flock very carefully. No LCTEs were present, although several of
the CRTEs had quite dark beaks. Darkish beak colour alone is not
enough to ID a LCTE.

Here is yesterday's haul between 2.20pm and last light at 6.33pm.
These figures represent minimum numbers of birds present.

TOTAL NUMBER OF BIRDS           1653


Tern, Caspian                   1
Tern, Crested                   1102
Tern, Gull-billed                       8
Gull, Silver                    147
Curlew, Eastern                         61
Godwit, Bar-tailed                      289
Knot, Great                     4
Oystercatcher, Pied             1
Plover, Pacific Golden          2
Plover, Red-capped                      10
Stint, Red-necked                       2
Whimbrel                                4
Cormorant, Little Black                 4
Cormorant, Pied                         12
Pelican, Australian                     2
Brahminy Kite                   1
Osprey                          1
Whistling Kite                  1
White-bellied Sea-Eagle         2


Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51'    152º 56'

Ph (07) 5494 0994

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