I wonder how many examples there are of an unusual bird being seen in a
restricted area for a long while, or in the case of migrants for several
seasons in a row. Two cases come to mind in the Canberra area:
- A Common Sandpiper (unusual/rare in Canberra) turned up on a sandbar
in the Murrumbidgee at the same time every year for 4-5 years and then
- A single Apostlebird (the second ever recorded in the ACT, first in
1948) has taken up residence in a park in North Canberra.
On 14 March 2018 at 07:54, martin cachard <> wrote:
> good morning Graeme, my #1 Hero,
> it's nice to hear from you.
> looking at your image of what is DEFINITELY a Black-tailed Gull on your
> website, the bird that I saw here in Cairns on Friday would appear to be
> looking very similarly plumaged to yours.
> I wonder Graeme when (month & year?) you took this photo, because it would
> be the FIRST confirmed record for the Cairns region.
> this means that the 1st year imm that Terry Reis and myself found on
> 01/04/2013 would be the second confirmed, and that Friday's adult (or
> 'sub-ad'/2nd year non-br imm) that I saw would be the third definite record
> for the region.
> and whether the bird I saw on Friday was an adult, or a sub-ad/late imm,
> we now know that there has at least been two different individual
> Black-tailed visiting Cairns, or maybe even three...
> maybe we have a regular individual coming here annually? I wonder...
> and if one Black-tailed Gull is a regular visitor here, then I wonder if
> it has been visiting Cairns as regularly, and for as long, as the northern
> hemisphere Peregrine Falcon that is here at the moment...???
> there are images taken by the same photographer as far back as late 2014,
> and in every Austral summer since, of a visiting Peregrine in Cairns.
> it appears to be of either sub-spp 'japonensis' or 'tundrius', and has
> been 'summering' here in Cairns CBD and environs.
> the bird has been using, and currently still is, the very same corner of a
> particular building as a favoured perch - especially after dawn and late in
> the afternoons.
> you have to wonder that this Peregrine may very well be the very same
> individual coming here annually...???
> I only became aware of this Peregrine ever having been in Cairns less than
> 2 weeks ago, and this was after a phone call from Keith Hutton in Leeton,
> NSW !!
> birds never cease to amaze me!
> and I love your work Mr Chapman !!!
> happy birding everyone...
> martin cachard
> solar whisper wildlife cruises,
> daintree river, FNQ.
> & trinity beach, cairns, FNQ
> From: Graeme Chapman <>
> Sent: Tuesday, 13 March 2018 11:30 AM
> Subject: Black-tailed Gull
> Hello Martin,
> There is am image of what I think was a Black-tailed Gull on my website.
> Taken many years ago at the Cairns Esplanade. Just exactly when I don't
> know at present - I'll have to do a lot of digging into past records.
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