Common Tern - Hawkes Bay

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Common Tern - Hawkes Bay

Postby sav » Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:25 pm

Hi all,

Wayne Twydle found a near breeding plumage Common Tern at Waitangi, just South of Napier, on Friday and it is still present this morning.

cheers
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Re: Common Tern - Hawkes Bay

Postby tim » Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:48 pm

The Common tern is almost 100% breeding plumage with just a bit of black missing near the bill.
Very cool to see one around here.
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Re: Common Tern - Hawkes Bay

Postby philbattley » Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:43 pm

Can't match Tim's awesome photo, but I was in Hawkes Bay yesterday and thanks to Bernie Kelly and Denise Fastier got shown the Common Tern. Great to see one in breeding plumage and get a few rather distant shots of the bird with all the NZ gulls and three other tern species.

Cheers, Phil
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Re: Common Tern - Hawkes Bay

Postby sav » Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:20 pm

This morning I had another go at the Common Tern at Waitangi. I didn't find it in the flock of c70 White-fronts (and one Black-fronted) but I did find another, different, Common Tern. This was (I think?) a first-year bird, still with a decent carpal bar, and very dark primaries, and incomplete black cap. The scapular tips were obviously white, giving a grey/white/almost black rear end.

Add 2 Bitterns showing well and it was a good morning!

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