ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 September 2009

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birdingnzer
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Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 September 2009

Postby birdingnzer » Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:01 am

OK - I'll play the game. It's a shame that forest birds aren't so cryptic so I guess will not really be included, they're the ones I'm familiar with. My guess is a juvenile common tern - please don't ridicule me :)
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Shane McPherson
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Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 September 2009

Postby Shane McPherson » Thu Sep 10, 2009 2:46 pm

WHITE-WINGED BLACK TERN
Chilidonia leucopterus
non-breeding plumage

An interesting perspective, and perfect to show off that identifying feature:
a saddle/club shaped dark patch from crown to nape (the black ear muffs are reasonably distinguished here too)
orange-grey legs
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Eila
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Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 September 2009

Postby Eila » Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:30 am

This is a white winged black tern
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Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 September 2009

Postby emmo66 » Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:33 am

First impression is a tern, but I think the long legs and reddish colour could mean Franklins Gull
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Graham Saunders
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Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 September 2009

Postby Graham Saunders » Sat Sep 12, 2009 11:33 pm

White-winged Black tern
keith
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Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 September 2009

Postby keith » Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:56 am

Blackfronted tern
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Nick Allen
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Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 September 2009

Postby Nick Allen » Sun Sep 13, 2009 11:40 am

White-winged Black Tern in non-breeding plumage
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Wynston Cooper
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Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 September 2009

Postby Wynston Cooper » Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:53 pm

My earlier answer has been worrying me ever since I sent it.

On reconsideration, given the apparent club-shaped nature of the black band over the head and down the nape I'll go with it being an immature white-winged black tern.
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philbattley
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Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 September 2009

Postby philbattley » Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:53 pm

White-winged Black Tern
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Re: ID Challenge #2 - closes 14 September 2009

Postby xsainnz » Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:15 pm

Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)

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