Sunshine Coast 6th April.

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Subject: Sunshine Coast 6th April.
From: "Paul Walbridge" <>
Date: Sun, 07 Apr 2013 06:44:41 +1000
Hi All, Brian Russell and myself visited the Sunshine Coast headlands yesterday 
after a quiet morning in the higher hinterland looking for fungi without too 
much success. Around about midday at the Maroochydore mouth at lowish tide, not 
much accept for a couple of hundred mixed Common/White-winged Black Terns 
loafing on a distant sand bar. Moved on then to Alexandra Headland, which was 
far more productive. In a 100+ metre stretch below the steps we counted 2 Sooty 
Oystercatchers, 2 dark phase and 1 white Eastern Reef Egrets and 6 Wandering 
Tattlers, all the Tattlers starting to colour up. There was a fair bit of 
exposed headland that we didn't cover, so there could have been more.
On then to Point Cartwright which was swarming with people so we just had a 
quick scan of the southern side which turned up nothing of interest. 
Interesting though were a pair of very vocal Whistling Kites which were 
gathering nesting material and landing in the pine trees. The resident pair of 
Ospreys appeared to ignore them and just went about their business. I've seen 
Osprey and Whistling Kites nesting close together in the past. Last stop, 
Caloundra Headland which we covered from north to south and turned up nil 
Wandering Tattlers. Off the south eastern tip however there were hundreds of 
actively feeding terns, mostly Common Terns interspersed with White-winged 
Black Terns and a few Wedge-tailed Shearwaters, Silver Gulls and Crested Terns.
On the rocks were a group of six Sooty Oystercatchers, the biggest group I've 
seen here, all with thin orbital rings and all adults. Also a very 
accommodating white phase Eastern Reef Egret. Then headed for home. Cheers - 
Paul W.

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