Whiskered Tern behaviour

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Subject: Whiskered Tern behaviour
From: "Robert Read" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 22:35:55 +0930
On 20/01 a flock of about 10Whiskered Terns  were hovering over grassland
near the Alice Springs Sewage Ponds, apparently hunting grasshoppers.  I
have seen similar behaviour before.

I would be grateful for any comments on two questions.

Is this behaviour of hunting over dryland often seen?

If the Whiskered Terns can make a living hunting grasshoppers why are they
always found near water?

Robert Read
Alice Springs

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