Terns in Southern Moreton Bay.

Subject: Terns in Southern Moreton Bay.
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2000 11:37:06 +1000
Hi Jill and other ternophiles.

To add a little more to the growing list of tern reports...

I ran another of my monthly raptor surveys of Southern Moreton Bay
(south of Brisbane) yesterday, with Robin Black, Helen Horton and 
Lil Spadijer on board the "Tegwane", with COASTCARE helping to pay
for the fuel bills.  This was a little unusual in that 
it covered low tide and I usually go over the high tide.

We got a total of nearly 140 raptors, mainly Whistling and Brahminy
Kites but also some good close up views of White-bellied Sea-eagles 
and Ospreys.  As in previous years, both here and on Pumicestone Passage,
raptor numbers are starting to decline after the winter peak.

With the low tide, many more sand banks and mud flats were exposed and
on one of these we counted c. 150 Little Terns.  There is an area 
nearby where they have bred in the past and this has now been fenced
off by Q.NPWS to help their breeding success.  This was just to the 
west of the northern end of South Stradbroke Island.  

Then, on the return  journey, we came across 56 Gull-billed Terns 
on a bank opposite Russell Island. The latter were all in breeding 
dress with full black caps.  
We also saw a few Crested Terns and one Caspian Tern along the way.


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