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Nth Curl Curl / Long Reef.

Though we watched the Fairy Terns for quite a while, we saw a lot more of interest on our trip to the beach.
A pair of Silvereyes (Zosterops lateralis).

A Fairy Tern

A beautifully painted – and timely – warning on the clifftop (artist unknown):

On the walk out to Long Reef Headland, we came upon a noisy juvenile Eastern Koel (Eudynamys orientalis).

Formerly the Common Koel, and sometimes called the Pacific Koel, or colloquially Storm Bird, the noisy, glossy black adult male is seen more regularly. Adult females and juveniles are more buff / brown with fine barring on the chest and underparts. They are a type of cuckoo, and the eggs are laid in the nests of other species.
The juveniles can be conspicuous, because they will beg stridently for food from their foster parents. Here, we believe we captured a Koel being fed a cicada by its Red Wattlebird “parent”:

Out on the rock platform, many Silver Gulls (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae).

A few Sooty Oystercatchers (Haematopus fuliginosus):

Also Pelicans and Crows:

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