Roseate Tern & Bridled Terns at Ballina northern NSW

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Subject: Roseate Tern & Bridled Terns at Ballina northern NSW
From: "Steve McBride" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 23:34:16 +1100
My highlights today were a Roseate Tern in breeding plumage & an
extraordinary 31 Bridled Terns.

The Roseate Tern was found by a friend(Faye Smith) earlier in the day at
Flat Rock, East Ballina.  After work, I tracked it down resting on the rocks
at Black Head, East Ballina.

I also had 5 Lesser Frigatebirds cruise overhead at Black Head, heading
north.  I then saw a single adult male Lesser Frigatebird & a juvenile Sooty
Tern fly past Flat Rock & 2 Noddy species off Boulder Beach.

Next I tried Broken Head, just south of Byron Bay, where I got 5 more Lesser
Frigatebirds, 3 Black Noddy, 1 Common Noddy, 1 juvenile Sooty Tern, 1
probable adult Sooty Tern & an Arctic? Jaeger.  

Then I returned to Ballina, where I found a Lesser Frigatebird over
Lighthouse Beach lookout & some Sooty? Tern types heading south past Black
Head, I guessed heading for the Tern roosts in Richmond River.

Finally back to Flat Rock just on dark, where I counted 31 Bridled Terns
which had come in to roost on the rock for the night, also 2 Common Noddy &
1 adult Sooty Tern & the 2 regular Wandering Tattlers.


Cheers, Steve




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