Possible Black-tailed Gull, Toorbul, SEQld

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Subject: Possible Black-tailed Gull, Toorbul, SEQld
From: Jill Dening <>
Date: Sun, 06 Jun 2004 06:40:48 +1000
Hi Everyone,
It's been such a long time since I posted. I was unsubscribed for quite a while, but have been lurking on the list for the past few weeks.
However, a call this evening brings me to the fore. Linda Cross has
asked me to post.

A possible Black-tailed Gull: it needs further scrutiny, so off you go. At this stage that's what the punters are going for. I'm disappointed
that I didn't see it, but I was busy conducting a community event to
convince the locals to support us in our endeavours to build another
artificial shorebird roost. Linda and Phil Cross were there to help
with the event, by showing locals the birds through a scope. The bird
was roosting on the southernmost of the Toorbul roosts with other
shorebirds and terns. I understand when it flew, it went north.

Phil has looked up his books since he and Judy Coles saw it this
afternoon, and to him it appears like a second year Black-tailed Gull, but Phil is reluctant to call it just yet. I hope I have this right, it lacked a red spot (Linda didn't say where, and I assume she means on the tip of the bill). Phil didn't see a black tail, but Judy Coles did, and she is pretty certain that's what it is.

Toorbul is an isolated village on the mainland side of the Pumicestone Passage two or three kms north of the Bribie Bridge. Access from the Bruce Highway, next exit north of the Bribie Island/Caboolture turnoff. An hour from the centre of Brisbane. Other suggested places to look for it are the Kakadu Beach wader roost, Buckleys Hole and the foreshore of SW Bribie where Trevor Ford seems to spend a lot of time in cafés
eating and birdwatching.


Jill Dening
Sunshine Coast, Queensland
26º51'S   152º56'E
Ph (07) 5494 0994

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