Arctic Terns at Mordialloc, Victoria - THERE NOW!

To: Paul G Dodd <>
Subject: Arctic Terns at Mordialloc, Victoria - THERE NOW!
From: Paul G Dodd <>
Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2010 14:12:37 +1100
Further to this, the bird was seen and photographed at 5pm on Friday and at 
8:15am today. Neither time by Ruth and I :(

Paul Dodd
Docklands, Victoria

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On 09/10/2010, at 6:24 AM, Paul G Dodd <> wrote:

> Hi Mike,
> Ruth and I, with Alan Crawford, looked for the tern Friday afternoon from 
> 5:30pm with no joy. I know of another birder that looked Thursday at around 
> the same time, also with no luck. It would appear that late morning to 
> mid-afternoon at the latest is definitely the best time to look.
> Paul Dodd
> Docklands, Victoria
> Sent from my iPhone
> On 09/10/2010, at 2:29 AM, "Mike Carter" <> wrote:
>> The latest info I have received is that the bird was still there on Friday 7 
>> October at 2.15 p.m. when, as it had done several times during the morning, 
>> Steve Davidson saw it fly from the beach to feed offshore - just before 
>> other birders arrived. Haven't heard whether it returned but anyone wishing 
>> to see it should look sometime between 10.00 and 12.00. I've always found 
>> around 11.00 the best time to look for White-fronted Terns at Mornington 
>> when they pass through in September/October.
>> In my previous post on this bird giving the reasons for my ID, I omitted to 
>> state the age of this individual. Danny Rogers, Jeff Davies and I agree that 
>> this bird is about 15 months, i.e. one and a bit years, old. It is in first 
>> summer/second winter plumage. The leg colour wasn't visible in the original 
>> photos, but in the field they appear very red as does the gape. The old 
>> blackish looking primaries are retained from juvenile plumage so are 
>> entitled to appear worn and weary! In this terminology the seasons referred 
>> to are the boreal ones as that is where the species breeds.
>> Mike Carter
>> 30 Canadian Bay Road
>> Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
>> Tel  (03) 9787 7136

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