Port MacDonnell and Carpenter Rocks (SA)

Subject: Port MacDonnell and Carpenter Rocks (SA)
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2004 09:51:31 +1100
G'day all

A small group of sw Victorian birders - led by Rob Farnes (Heywood) and
Peter Lansley (from Melbourne) searched the many reefs and beaches along
this stretch of coastal SA on Sunday.  The overall highlight was the chance
to see thousands of waders of many species.  Red-necked Stints were
everywhere with smaller numbers of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Curlew
Sandpipers.  Ruddy Turnstones were also common.  Golden Plovers and
Grey-tailed Tattlers would be next in numbers then down to things like
Ruff, Red Knot, Great Knot, Eastern Curlew, Whimbrel and Sanderling.

Other highlights were Fairy Terns at Carpenter Rocks and Kelp Gulls with
Pacific Gulls side-by-side for comparison.  One Kelp Gull repeatedly
dropped a large shell onto the rocks from several metres until it broke
open.  A Jaeger was seen harassing a Crested Tern but wasn't seen well
enough for an identification.

A great day - the only downside was the absence of the Franklins Gull we
confidently expected to see.  We even bought chips...


Steve Clark
Hamilton, Victoria

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