Immature whiskered tern new river/invers

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sjacques
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Re: Immature whiskered tern new river/invers

Postby sjacques » Mon Jul 04, 2022 12:21 pm

First break in the weather for a few days and the whiskered tern is still present, showing ridiculously well, same area of Clifton sewage ponds. Seems to feed for 20-30 minutes, then goes for a blast around the estuary before reappearing. Absolutely gorgeous bird.
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Re: Immature whiskered tern new river/invers

Postby sjacques » Mon Jul 04, 2022 2:08 pm

Big lensers would have had a field day with this bird today...
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Re: Immature whiskered tern new river/invers

Postby sjacques » Tue Jul 05, 2022 2:05 pm

Present again at lunchtime, eleven days since first found. Staggeringly good views once more as it fed actively, seems to be having no trouble sustaining itself in the deep South. A juvenile black-fronted tern appeared briefly, quickly chased away by the whiskered. This bird has been remarkably faithful not just to the site, but to a specific boulder bank within it, feeding style and direction subtly different each time I've seen it in response to local effects caused by changes in the wind strength and direction.

I was accompanied today by my photographer friend Joseph Roberts who will have some excellent hi-res images to share in a couple of days.

Cheers,
Sean
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Re: Immature whiskered tern new river/invers

Postby sjacques » Wed Jul 06, 2022 7:50 pm

A couple of beautiful pictures of the Invercargill whiskered tern taken on our lunchtime excursion yesterday by Joseph Roberts. Really pleasing to have some crisp images to capture the transitional juvenile - immature plumage this bird exhibits. Many thanks Joseph!

Cheers,
Sean.
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Re: Immature whiskered tern new river/invers

Postby sjacques » Sun Jul 10, 2022 4:03 pm

Bird still present today, same location, showing well in excellent conditions to the delight of several local birders.

Cheers,
Sean
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Re: Immature whiskered tern new river/invers

Postby sjacques » Mon Jul 18, 2022 5:47 pm

This bird may have moved on. Was showing well on Tuesday, but no sign in 60 minutes Thursday, brief look Friday, or 45 minutes late afternoon yesterday (was hopeful it might come into roost). Numbers of swallows hawking flies noticeably reduced over the last few days, made me wonder whether food supply had deteriorated.

Will keep eyes out on this site and local area.

Cheers,
Sean
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Re: Immature whiskered tern new river/invers

Postby Michael Szabo » Wed Jul 20, 2022 7:08 pm

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