Further to John Turner's note of yesterday , a group of six birders
enjoyed two hours yesterday ( Wednesday) observing the Antarctic Terns
at fairly close range ( 40 metres) between 8.45 and 11.00 am. At most
times there were four or five in view ( sometimes in the same shot)
although one observer claimed he had nine before 9 am. The numbers
dwindled to a couple by 11.00 am.
David Harper got at least 25 DSlr shots, the best of which will be
published in a few days.
Fortunately the rain held off all morning and the wind was such that we
were in a nicely sheltered area at the Admirals Arch observation
platform. Perfect twitching for David Harper, Mike Carter, Tony Russell,
Enid Pascoe, Stuart Hull, and John Fennel.
Mike Carter returned to the site in the afternoon but was unable to
locate the Antarctic Terns at all, so the morning seems to be the go for
Would Simon Mustoe please contact this sender asap.
On Behalf Of John Turner
Sent: Wednesday, September 06, 2006 9:43 PM
To: Birding Aus
Subject: Antarctic Tern at Cape du Couedic
A single Antarctic Tern was seen yesterday on rocks adjacent to
the lookout platforms at Cape du Couedic, KI, yesterday morning. It was
observed for at least 20 minutes before it departed, probably disturbed
by a rising tide and rising wind and seas ahead of a south-westerly cold
front. A large number of Terns can be seen in the distance on Casuarina
Island, mostly Crested Terns, but many White-fronted Terns among them. A
suggestion is that the birds are more likely to rest on the mainland in
a north-easterly wind which should occur again late this weekend and
early next week. Observers were Terry & Lynn Gould and myself. John
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