Interesting tern at Mangere wtp today

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.
Posts: 63
Joined: Sat Nov 16, 2013 12:27 am
Location: Auckland

Interesting tern at Mangere wtp today

Postby harryhatman » Thu Sep 26, 2019 8:32 pm

Any thoughts?
D59FFB8E-610E-4BC8-8B16-0C468F39E98C.jpeg (652.97 KiB) Viewed 537 times
6635FF7E-46C6-4A77-A254-22FDA97D7FD6.jpeg (644.96 KiB) Viewed 537 times
1A73192A-D293-4A14-8145-C75C76453A33.jpeg (728.11 KiB) Viewed 537 times
Ian Southey
Posts: 980
Joined: Tue Sep 08, 2009 5:45 pm

Re: Interesting tern at Mangere wtp today

Postby Ian Southey » Thu Sep 26, 2019 10:01 pm


Try Arctic Tern

phil hammond
Posts: 389
Joined: Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:10 pm

Re: Interesting tern at Mangere wtp today

Postby phil hammond » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:47 pm

I agree. The shape and length of bill, the bulging chest and overall body shape all look good for Arctic to me and although I'm not quite sure what's going on with the posture, I think it might be standing in mud on very short legs and if so the short legs would also be an indicator of Arctic

Phil Hammond
Wrybill Birding Tours NZ
"Great Birds, Real Birders"
User avatar
Posts: 713
Joined: Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:49 am
Location: Havelock North

Re: Interesting tern at Mangere wtp today

Postby sav » Fri Sep 27, 2019 3:18 pm

Me too. The head markings are very Arctic (versus Common), and the bill is rather dainty, but I think the structure is really convincing. Arctic Terns look to me like they are about to topple forwards, with closed wings curving upwards.

I'm not sure what's going on with the posture either, but I wonder if it isn't actually sitting down?

One would want to see it fly to be 100% certain of Arctic Tern, but I'd be very surprised if this was anything else.

Sav Saville
Wrybill Birding Tours, NZ
Great Birds, Real Birders

Return to “General Birding Discussion”