Black-tailed Gull, Grey Falcon and a long-departed crake

To: Birding-aus <>, Claire Bartron <>
Subject: Black-tailed Gull, Grey Falcon and a long-departed crake
From: Mr Peter Kyne <>
Date: Sat, 07 Jul 2007 17:19:23 +1000
Dear All,

Further to the posting made by Chris Sanderson on our behalf during the 

1. The BLACK-TAILED GULL was feeding alongside (but not necessarily 
getting along with) Silver Gulls on Pages Beach in Geraldton, WA 
observed 9am Sunday morning (1st July). We first went to the 
Fishermen's Co-op, but conditions were horrible and although several 
Crested Terns attempted alighting on the pipe jetties, none could 
achieve touchdown. They subsequently rested on the ground some distance 
behind the breakwater, over which waves were constantly crashing. Winds 
were very strong and there was a lot of salt spray around. We hung 
around the co-op for a while, mostly watching from the car, before 
venturing out and walking behind the breakwater, and noticing the large 
amount of birds on Pages Beach. We headed off down there, pulling in 
before the lighthouse and pretty much immediately saw the gull feeding 
on the beach.

Gannets were numerous offshore and also observed were Yellow-nosed 
Albatross and a Great Skua, which was a nice surprise. Views of this 
bird were brief off Pages Beach.

2. The RED-LEGGED CRAKE, was as expected, absent. Staff confirmed that 
it had not been seen since Friday 15th June. Nice pub though.

3. A GREY FALCON was observed whilst travelling north from Carnarvon on 
the North West Coastal Hwy on Monday afternoon (2nd July). The sighting 
was 82km south of Minilya Roadhouse. The bird flew fairly low over the 
highway and we were able to get a good view from the car as the cry 
went out and the brakes were applied. We then observed the bird with 
binoculars as it headed off in a Northwesterly direction. Good views 
were had of the bird soaring and gliding. This record is obviously 
fairly close to the coast.

I will put another posting up in the coming days of other sightings 
during our trip.

Cheers, Pete Kyne (Brisbane) and Claire Bartron (Perth)

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