Sunshine Coast 6th April.

To: Paul Walbridge <>
Subject: Sunshine Coast 6th April.
From: Chris Melrose <>
Date: Sun, 7 Apr 2013 16:55:58 +1000
Thanks for posting Paul. I'm up at Mooloolah Valley for the weekend visiting 
from Sydney for Gran duties. Great to see 3 Wandering Tattlers in breeding 
plumage with definite barred undertail coverts and 2 Sooty Oystercatchers 
despite all the people wandering around and me with 2 littlies in tow. A new 
bird is always fun. 


Christine Melrose

On 07/04/2013, at 6:44, "Paul Walbridge" <> 

> 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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