White Tern at Abrolhos Islands

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Subject: White Tern at Abrolhos Islands
From: Frank O'Connor <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 16:27:16 +0900

Les George has sent me two photos of a White Tern at Wooded Island in the Abrolhos Islands west of Geraldton in WA.  This will be the 2nd record for WA.  The first was seen on one of the Ashmore Reef trips.  This continues an amazing year of sightings for WA.

At 04:09 PM 19/12/2007, you wrote:
Just returned from the Landscope trip to the Abrolhos Islands.
I saw and photographed a White Tern on Wooded Island in the Easter Group. I had looked up the bird list for this area on the internet prior to departure and saw White Tern listed.
I believed this to species to be confined to the east coast and consulted Ron Johnstone whom tells me one was recorded around Broome once, the only record for West Australia.
Nonetheless one was present, both Ron and Kevin Coate got good photos of it at rest (I'm hoping for a copy of one), I was not so lucky.
Included are a couple of shots I did manage, add to image library if you find them suitable.

Frank O'Connor           Birding WA
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