Arctic Tern at Barwon Heads, Vic on 28.11.10

To: "BIRDING-AUS" <>, "Peter Fuller" <>
Subject: Arctic Tern at Barwon Heads, Vic on 28.11.10
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2010 12:34:15 +1100
Another Arctic Tern has been seen in Victoria. This time an adult at Barwon Heads last Sunday 28 Nov. It is image 2145 on This bird retains much breeding plumage in cap and dark underparts. It is Arctic because it has short legs; contrary to Common Tern, all plumage particularly wing, is very ragged because this species commences wing moult into non-breeding late, not until it reaches the Antarctic ice; etc. etc. The width of black (quite a lot) on trailing edge of wing surprises me somewhat as have others this spring.

Mike Carter
30 Canadian Bay Road
Mount Eliza  VIC 3930
Tel  (03) 9787 7136


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