Terns and others at Kirk Point, Western Treatment Plant, Port Phillip Ba

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Subject: Terns and others at Kirk Point, Western Treatment Plant, Port Phillip Bay
From: jilldening <>
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2004 11:35:37 +1000
    3/1/04 6:54 PM

> At Ricketts Point on the other side of Port Phillip January is the peak month
> for Common Terns.  The highest count was 47 in April 2002.
> In the RAOU Atlas there are no summaer records of White-fronted Tern in Port
> Phillip. But they can't be ruled out now they are nesting in Bass Strait.
Hi Jack,
Just adding to what Michael said in the last par - I saw about 10 - 15
White-fronted Terns (WFTE) in full breeding plumage in Caloundra (SEQ) in
January a few years ago. They were there for just a few days, and it was so
outside the realms of probability that I didn't broadcast it very widely at
the time. However, I have no doubt about the accuracy of my identification,
and so strange things CAN happen.

I would think it more likely to find WFTE in breeding plumage at this time
of year, rather than non-breeding. However, I am no expert on the duration
of their immature plumage.


Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Qld
26º 51'  152º 56'
Ph (07) 5494 0994

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