Probable BLACK-NAPED TERN, Muriwai

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Probable BLACK-NAPED TERN, Muriwai

Postby Oscar Thomas » Sun Feb 13, 2022 10:08 pm

Posted just now on Facebook (NZ Bird Identification) by Hayden Pickford! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1152678 ... 239963634/

“Hi, I saw this small tern at Muriwai Gannet Colony this evening and am having difficulty with the ID. It really doesn't seem to match anything from NZ birds online, the NZ Merlin pack or my Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand. I've looked a bit further online and it kind of looks like a black-naped tern. It matches the description from ebird "Adults appear snow-white except for a thin black nape stripe that extends from the eye (often not very visible from a distance), black outer edge to outermost primary, and thin, long black bill." Maybe I'm missing something? Seen from northern platform in the north-west corner. It was behind a small bush. It briefly scurried away and was obscured by the cliff, but was back in the same position behind the bush a few minutes later“
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Re: Probable BLACK-NAPED TERN, Muriwai

Postby hayden » Sun Feb 13, 2022 10:53 pm

I've put the observation on eBird https://ebird.org/atlasnz/checklist/S102543995

I've also tried to log an unusual bird report but it doesn't recognise black-naped tern as a species...
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Re: Probable BLACK-NAPED TERN, Muriwai

Postby Michael Szabo » Mon Feb 14, 2022 7:29 am

A report from 7am this morning says that the bird has died.
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Re: Probable BLACK-NAPED TERN, Muriwai

Postby phil hammond » Mon Feb 14, 2022 7:58 am

I was there before dawn and sadly it gradually became apparent as the light improved that something with primaries pointing at the sky was the Black naped and was dead
. It is (was) definitely a Black naped Tern
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Re: Probable BLACK-NAPED TERN, Muriwai

Postby Ian Southey » Mon Feb 14, 2022 7:59 am

Is there a way to get the body collected and delivered to the museum?

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Re: Probable BLACK-NAPED TERN, Muriwai

Postby Davidthomas » Mon Feb 14, 2022 8:21 am

Ian Southey wrote:Is there a way to get the body collected and delivered to the museum?

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Already done and will be headed to Auckland museum once they open I believe.
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Re: Probable BLACK-NAPED TERN, Muriwai

Postby Oscar Thomas » Mon Feb 14, 2022 8:34 am

From Paul G: “Luckily it was in a bush away from the colony, so it was possible to retrieve the bird with zero disturbance and without going near any Gannets. It's in such good condition that it's hard to believe it's not alive. Very underweight under the feathers however, with the sternum very prominent.Running it directly into Auckland Museum as soon as they open.”
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Re: Probable BLACK-NAPED TERN, Muriwai

Postby andrewcrossland » Mon Feb 14, 2022 8:38 am

Incredible find. This is surely now the best year ever for rare birds in NZ. I’m sure someone is going to pronounce its all due to climate change but maybe it’s more due to people with cameras taking pics of strange birds they see flying past in storms and there’s not been much storm-watching in NZ before.
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Re: Probable BLACK-NAPED TERN, Muriwai

Postby phil hammond » Mon Feb 14, 2022 2:21 pm

There has been a bit of interest in what happened to the fresh corpse. Paul G and I needed to make a decision, follow the law to the letter and leave it there with sun and hungry Kelp Gulls possibly damaging it before a ranger got there, or remove it and get it either to the museum or a freezer (then the museum) whilst in pristine condition
We opted for the latter. Paul retrieved it without any disturbance to the Gannets. There was only an answer phone at the museum so he took it to Green Bay Rescue where there is a freezer with birds waiting for the museum to collect
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Re: Probable BLACK-NAPED TERN, Muriwai

Postby Finn Davey » Mon Feb 14, 2022 3:29 pm

Would be good to also submit an observation of this to iNaturalist.

Get some more rare birds on that database

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