Tern! Tern! Tern! (to misquote Pete Seeger)

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Subject: Tern! Tern! Tern! (to misquote Pete Seeger)
From: Laurie Knight <>
Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2012 20:56:14 +1000
Thanks for that Richard. Your post raises an interesting question as to what is a birding site? Is the WTP a birding site, a series of birding sites or a birding precinct?

There is clearly a question of scale involved. Where do you draw the line for a site? Is it the limit of sight at a defined point? I would have thought the Borrow Pits would constitute a site. The WTP would have to contain a dozen or more birding sites. Perhaps it is comparable in size to the Cocos Islands.

Regards, Laurie.

On 01/12/2012, at 9:30 PM, Richard Nowotny wrote:

A big tern day at the Western Treatment Plant (Werribee, Vic) today (with
John and Shirley Tongue and family):

Caspian, Crested, Common, Whiskered, White-winged Black, Little, Fairy.

[I suspect there aren't too many individual sites around the world where one
can see 7 tern species in a day.]

Other good birds today included Great Knot, Pacific Golden Plover, Lewin's Rail, Banded Stilt, Banded Lapwing, White-necked Heron and that remarkable number of Freckled Duck at Walsh's Lagoon (estimated, on the wing, at well
over 50).

Richard Nowotny

Port Melbourne, Victoria

M: 0438 224 456


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