White-winged Black Tern - Hawkes Bay

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Re: White-winged Black Tern - Hawkes Bay

Postby sav » Sun Jul 03, 2022 3:29 pm

WWBT still present today. One of the Little Terns was there yesterday, but not seen by me today, and it looks like all of our Back-fronted Terns have gone (South?).

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Re: White-winged Black Tern - Hawkes Bay

Postby sav » Tue Jul 19, 2022 3:43 pm

Hi all,

I was very pleasantly surprised to find the HB White-winged Black Tern still present at the Tukituki rivermouth again this afternoon, after a gap of almost 2 weeks. I thought that the cold weather would have moved this bird on like Sean's Whiskered Tern in Invercargill.

Another surprise was that there were 5 Black-fronted Terns there too, with 4 being immatures. There have only been 2 immatures at most so far this Winter. I wonder where they have been hiding??

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Re: White-winged Black Tern - Hawkes Bay

Postby sav » Sat Jul 30, 2022 4:26 pm

Hi all,

White-winged Black Tern still present this afternoon, along with 5 immature Black-fronts (so another increase in the number of immatures?) .

Yesterday there were 2 of our Little Terns at Clive, today one was there.

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Re: White-winged Black Tern - Hawkes Bay

Postby Michael Szabo » Tue Aug 16, 2022 7:18 pm

Colin Shields reports via Facebook today seeing a Little Tern and a Black-fronted Tern at the Tukituki River mouth near Haumoana.
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Black-fronted Tern with White-fronted Tern and Caspian Tern
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Little Tern
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Re: White-winged Black Tern - Hawkes Bay

Postby fras444 » Wed Aug 17, 2022 3:37 am

Really puts into perspective the size difference between the three doesn't it
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Re: White-winged Black Tern - Hawkes Bay

Postby Michael Szabo » Wed Aug 17, 2022 7:27 am

Yes - a pity the Little Tern didn't land next to them!
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Re: White-winged Black Tern - Hawkes Bay

Postby andrewcrossland » Sun Aug 21, 2022 7:23 pm

Those legs on that Caspian look extraordinarily long though. Do don't often see them stretch out like that.
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Re: White-winged Black Tern - Hawkes Bay

Postby Oskar » Sun Aug 21, 2022 7:38 pm

Perhaps raised to keep their body out of that water beneath them?

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