Pacific Gull at Bungendore

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Subject: Pacific Gull at Bungendore
From: "Dion Hobcroft" <>
Date: Wed, 30 Oct 2002 19:40:07 +1100
Hi Matt,

Pacific Gulls are very rarely if ever recorded inland in NSW. In Tasmania
they make occasional visits to freshwater reservoirs for a bath  but rarely
more than 3km inland.

Kelp Gulls in NZ seem quite partial to going inland especially to feed on
freshly plowed fields and are much more common on freshwater reservoirs in
Tasmania than Pacifics. It is probably more likely inland than Pacific Gull
but have never recorded them away from the coast in NSW myself. The
population is also very small for both species in NSW perhaps around 100
birds each for both species.

If you get the chance to confirm the bird it would be a very interesting
record. Also keep in mind the chance of it being a vagrant species such as
Black-tailed Gull or something else. Also realise that Kelp Gulls can show
black tails.

Good luck with the ID.



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