Eurasian Wigeon & Franklin's Gull update

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon & Franklin's Gull update
From: John Graff <>
Date: Sat, 9 Mar 2013 21:48:09 +0800
Hi everyone, I've just got back from an excellent double-twitch with Nigel 
Jackett, netting both the wigeon and the Franklin's. Nigel has some video of 
both which hopefully we will be able to give links to, but in the meantime I 
provide an update (particularly for anyone heading up tomorrow!) We arrived at 
Carnarvon about 7.15am this morning and headed straight for Chinaman Pool, and 
found the wigeon about 100m to the left of the 'carpark' at the end of Marmion 
St. Good views with bins, very good with scope. See also Richard's update After 
a quick refuel and stopping in to vote (!), we headed back for Cervantes to try 
for the Franklin's Gull, arriving about 4.15 this arvo. We met Robyn Pickering 
and her son Morgan, who had seen the gull in the small park near the Pinnacles 
caravan park in Cervantes. This park is at the corner of Aragon and Catalonia 
Streets according to Google Maps. After a bit of a search, we found the gull 
again in the park where it proved fairly co-operati
 ve, still there when we left at about 5.30. As an added bonus, we picked up 
600+ Fork-tailed (or Pacific depending on your taxonomy) Swifts between 
Overlander and Billabong Roadhouses on the way back (more details for you later 
Mike :D), mostly in two large flocks (one 200+, the other 400+). Robyn and 
Morgan also had a small flock (30) south of Cervantes, and 10 overhead where 
the gull was hanging around (though they were gone by the time we arrived) 

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