Thanks Mike. When I spoke to Nicole at 8:45am she told me that she'd seen
the bird at 8:15 and photographed it. She showed me the photo on the back of
her camera and I said that I didn't think it was the Arctic Tern - and my
impression was that it was a Common Tern. Unfortunately I didn't see a good
blown-up version of the image, just the preview in the back of the camera. I
got her to blow up the head for me, and I couldn't see the "black tonsure"
which was clear in the photos and video that Simon Mustoe took yesterday.
So in short, it would seem that no-one saw the Arctic Tern today. Ruth and I
will be back tomorrow early in the morning, and we'll give it another go.
Given the perfect weather today, there was a large number of people on the
beach today, including a girls' beach volleyball tournament this morning!
Any birds that were on the beach today, were soon flushed by kids and dogs.
All the best,
From: Mike Carter
Sent: Saturday, 9 October 2010 9:54 PM
To: Paul G Dodd
Cc: BIRDING-AUS; Bill Ramsay; Jeff Davies; Danny Rogers; Andrew & Sarah
Subject: Arctic Terns at Mordialloc, Victoria -
Paul, are sure that the bird seen at 8.15 today was an Arctic Tern? I ask
that because Nicole Brooker has sent photos of an adult Common Tern she
photographed there at 8.30. With both species there this will test the ID
skills of many! Can anyone confirm that Arctic Tern was seen there today?
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