Black-fronted tern - Thornton River Mouth

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Tim Barnard
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Black-fronted tern - Thornton River Mouth

Postby Tim Barnard » Sun Jun 07, 2020 5:52 pm

Hi
Five birds today with over 400 White-fronted tern. Probably one of the most reliable sites for Bfts in the NI in winter.
100's of Fluttering shearwater offshore ...
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Tim
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Re: Black-fronted tern - Thornton River Mouth

Postby RussCannings » Tue Jun 09, 2020 6:47 am

Very cool Tim. They never seem to be there when I am but then again it's been a while since I've popped in! Luckily there was a beautiful adult BFT at Maketu (near the playground) on Sunday when I dropped in with the family.

Russ
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Tim Barnard
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Re: Black-fronted tern - Thornton River Mouth

Postby Tim Barnard » Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:03 pm

June, July is probably best Russell. Quite enjoy my annual BFT pilgrimage over there. Great you had one at Maketu. Really are stunning birds.

Tim
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Re: Black-fronted tern - Thornton River Mouth

Postby Cardinal15 » Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:18 pm

Hi,
Was just wondering where you saw the colony and at what time of day. I saw one there the other day but it was fishing and far away so didn't get good pictures.
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Cardinal15
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Re: Black-fronted tern - Thornton River Mouth

Postby Threeps » Fri Jun 19, 2020 8:50 am

Excuse my ignorance, but where in the North Island is this? The only references I can find to Thornton are in Cambridge (a road) or Thornton Beach (Eastern BoP). I would guess its Thornton beach and its not the Thornton River but the Rangitaiki River?
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Re: Black-fronted tern - Thornton River Mouth

Postby Cardinal15 » Fri Jun 19, 2020 3:07 pm

Yes, Threeps, you're correct. It is Thornton Beach at the Rangitaiki river mouth in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. It is a very popular fishing spot.
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Cardinal15

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