Little Tern -Henley Beach, SA

Subject: Little Tern -Henley Beach, SA
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Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2005 07:20:02 +0000
Hello all,

After the recent report by John Turner of a juvenile Little Tern at the Torrens River outlet, I went down yesterday evening -sorry I couldn't report this earlier- and managed to observe the said bird. Indeed, everything appears to point to it being a juvenile of that species. And that was the same conclusion two other observers there came to. Only problem is the dogs and people walking obliviously through the middle of the mixed flock.

An abundance of nutrients must be being flushed out to sea there at the moment, with fish taking advantage of this and gulls and terns in turn taking advantage of the fish.

Quite a humerous sight greeted our eyes when the three of us were making our way back towards the bridge. And old guy was sat there fishing, with an Australian Pelican either side of him -no more than a metre away in both instances, a great egret another metre away to his right and a cheeky white-faced heron under his left armpit, dipping its beak into what appeared to be his bucket of bait. The old boy did not seem the least concerned, and I mentioned to one of the guys there that he probably catches no fish and just goes down there to feed all his bait to the herons, egrets and pelicans, if they don't snatch it from under his nose in the meantime. Quite clearly this man had spent many hours sitting in this position, in this pursuit of becalming his avian friends. Who knows, his goal right from the very beginning may have been to do this. Brilliant!!!


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