So, it was with some anticipation that I visited both locations this afternoon on a brief trip to Melbourne. First stop Mordialloc jetty and no luck - plenty of terns but all Crested Tern on both north and south sides of jetty. Better luck at the second stop at Ricketts Point in Beaumaris (access to Ricketts Point is from Beach Road just NW of the intersection with Reserve Road - see map).
There were approx. 200 Crested Tern on and around the rock platform.
|Crested Tern, Ricketts Point, Beaumaris|
Stop Press 28 Oct:
I've had some offline feedback that it might be a White-fronted Tern - which I now think it is based on the head (minimal dark colour in front of the eye) and wing plumage - happy to be convinced otherwise though :-)
|Which Tern? Ricketts Point, Beaumaris|
I hung around for another 20 minutes in the hope that the terns would return to the same reef but, alas, no...
On leaving the car park, I heard lorikeets across Beach Road and as there had been a report of a pair of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets earlier in the week, I stopped for a closer investigation. There were at least 10 Rainbow Lorikeets (difficult to count exact numbers as they were in almost continuous movement within and among the Coast Banksia trees).
|Rainbow Lorikeet, Ricketts Point, Beaumaris|
There was a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet among the Rainbows
|Scaly-breasted Lorikeet, Ricketts Point, Beaumaris|
|Hybrid Rainbow and Scaly-breasted Lorikeet?|
I have not seen this before so any ideas appreciated.