Christmas Day at Long Reef

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Subject: Christmas Day at Long Reef
From: "Tom and Mandy Wilson" <>
Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2007 16:23:12 +1100
Hi all and Merry Christmas
25 December was cool and breezy in Sydney, so instead of enjoying a morning 
lounging on the beach, we went for a bracing walk instead, visiting Long reef 
between 1:30 and 2, with the tide falling.  I saw 30+ Golden Plover on the 
north side of the reef flat as the reef flat just started to be exposed.  There 
were 12 Sooty Oystercatchers spread out across the reef flat and also lots of 
Crested Terns, R/N Stint, Ruddy Turnstone and a few Tattlers.  Something 
flushed all the waders off, but I don't know what - the Crested Terns were 
pretty upset for a few minutes after too
A single Little Penguin was observed fishing just off the reef opposite the 
lookout/Aussie Flag in the bay.
Offshore there were quite a few shearwater, including one much paler individual 
a reasonable way out - possibly a Bullers? (I was 'scopeless, so that's as good 
as it got in terms of ability to work out what it was!)
Tom Wilson

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