Presents from Cyclone Ozwald at Dundowran Beach, Hervey Bay, QLD

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Subject: Presents from Cyclone Ozwald at Dundowran Beach, Hervey Bay, QLD
From: "Jeanie Churchward" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:04:25 +1000
Hi every one, Myn husband, Ian and I live on the beach at Dundowran which is
just north of Hervey Bay. Saturday night, the 26th, January was a night of
little sleep for us - we experienced extremely wild, destructive winds with
trees coming down, a huge king tide that made quite a mess of the beach and
an incredible amount of rain. However, I'm sure lots of people experienced
this and worse but on Sunday morning as we surveyed our newly acquired moat
and lake we were surprised by the many unique presents that Cyclone Ozwald
had blown in.

First, we saw 2 common noddies fly past - now that is a strange thing to see
in our area so there was a mad panic for the bincos and camera. The next
surprise was all the terns we found sheltering from the winds in our yard -
not our usual fare of Caspian or Crested Terns but after looking at various
resources we think they are either Bridled or Sooty Terns - from my photos
(see the link below) we are leaning more towards Bridled Tern. However,  I
really don't know so I would appreciate some help please.

On the low tide we raced down to the beach to discover quite a few other
birds that had obviously been blown in - probably from the islands offshore
I would assume. We were quite excited to see 3 Frigatebirds patrolling up
and down the beach - I finally got some photos of them but unfortunately due
to the appalling light conditions they are not very good but I'm  hoping
someone will be able to identify which Frigatebird this is. Both Black and
Common Noddies were abundant on the beach and in the trees along with our
usual waders.

At one point when the tide was on its way back in again we spotted another
interesting bird - see photos 4 and 5. This bird was the only one of its
species on the beach and it appeared to be very exhausted. At first I
thought it was a juvenile Pacific or Kelp Gull but looking at the photos I
took and comparing them to other information and drawings I'm inclined to
think it could be a Pomarine Jaeger.  I looked at the facial markings and
the markings on the wings when the bird was in flight - there is a photo on
the link of the bird standing on the beach and when it flew off but
unfortunately the flight photo is not in focus but I added it to the link
anyway in the hopes it will help someone positively identify my bird.

Please view my photos on the following link


I just wanted to say thankyou to Bill Stent who helped me with posting my
photos - Bill kindly put my photos on his dropbox so everyone can view them,

Thanks again, Bill

Looking forward to hearing your views,

Jeanie Churchward




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