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White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:14 pm
by Will Parsons
Just few days ago saw spoonbill showing near full plumage on the lower Wairau and rather odd looking white necked black swan.
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Re: White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:37 pm
by Clinton9
Almost backward pattern of Black-necked white swan of South America.

Re: White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:46 am
by Liam Ballard
Hybrid?

Re: White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Posted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:51 am
by George Hobson
This bird's neck is quite a lot whiter, but it's similar to Neil and Tony's Leucistic Black Swan viewtopic.php?f=3&t=247&p=1360#p1361

Re: White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:44 pm
by Michael Szabo
Has anyone seen this bird again since the photo was posted?

Re: White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:50 pm
by Will Parsons
Yes I saw once more approximately a month ago,
Cheers
Will

Re: White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Posted: Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:12 pm
by Michael Szabo
Is it a full adult bird, I wonder, because it looks like it's an immature bird in the photo. That may explain why it looks smaller than the two all-black birds and has a more rounded head and smaller bill.