General birdwatching discussion, help with bird identification, and all other things relating to wild birds and birding in NZ that don't fit in one of the other forums.
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Wondered if someone could identify this bird - seen at the Ashley estuary
- Liam Ballard
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My guess is a juvenile White-fronted Tern?
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The grey chest and upper wing, contrasting paler rump, and stoutish body makes this an immature Black-fronted Tern for me (as opposed to an adult that would have an orange bill, more uniform colouring, and a more well-defined cap). WF Terns are always clean white underneath (unless speckled up as fresh juveniles).
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Yep, its an immature Black-fronted Tern - keep a look out also folks for White-winged Black Terns on the Canterbury estuaries/river mouths and braided riverbeds at the moment too.