It pays to have a close look at photographs and more than once in recent times interesting observations, that were missed in the field, have been made at the computer. Such was the case with this flock of Caspian Terns, about a dozen in number, at Cairn Curran yesterday. I was engrossed with watching the birds in flight against a leaden sky and completely failed to spot the orange leg tag on the left leg of one individual.
I’ve sent a note to the Victorian Wader Study Group to request information on the flagged bird – stay tuned for an update.
Postscript: Roger Standen from the Victorian Wader Study Group provided the following information.
This bird was banded at Mud Islands in Port Phillip Bay, probably sometime before 2011, unless the flag was engraved in which case it could have been before that. The bird would have been banded as a chick.