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

To: <>, "Frank O'Connor" <>
Subject: Tern! Tern! Tern! (to misquote Pete Seeger)
From: "Mike Carter" <>
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2012 17:30:42 +1100
Recently, Common, Black & Lesser Noddy, Bridled, Sooty, Little, Australian & Asiatic Gull-billed, White-winged Black, Roseate, Common & Crested Tern were seen in the same day at Ashmore Reef . In my book that's 12 species of tern! At other times Lesser Crested & Whiskered Tern have been seen there. Whilst talking of numbers of terns, yesterday, during a survey at Melbourne Water's Eastern Treatment Plant near Carrum, Victoria, a compact flying flock of Whiskered Terns was estimated by the each of the four counters to contain 90, 105, 120 & 125 birds. A photograph revealed the actual number was 192. To avoid sending a second email I should add that other species in large numbers on that Plant yesterday were >3,000 Coot, >2,300 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, >2,000 Grey Teal, >1,200 Pink-eared Ducks, 80 Freckled Ducks & 34 Glossy Ibis. I'm still collating the numbers! But only one Pectoral Sandpiper (that we found)!

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

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