Possible Australasian Darter, Napier

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Possible Australasian Darter, Napier

Postby Oscar Thomas » Mon Nov 21, 2022 10:32 am

Steve Sutcliffe reports an Australasian Darter near Napier, Hawkes Bay via eBird on 18/11.

Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S122739357
Comments: "Full details submitted. Cormorant sized black bird with dagger like yellow bill and white strip behind eye. Range 20m, sitting low in water in edge of vegetation. Sadly no photo taken.” (but here’s one from the internet to grab your attention)
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Re: Possible Australasian Darter, Napier

Postby Wrybill » Mon Nov 21, 2022 11:43 am

I saw that sighting on e bird rare bird alert earlier this morning

Hopefully its a true sighting and not a over sized black shag.
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Re: Possible Australasian Darter, Napier

Postby Michael Szabo » Mon Nov 21, 2022 12:09 pm

Yes, hopefully it can be verified as a darter and not a shag. There's a small number of Spotted Shags on the coast near that location so that needs to be ruled out.
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Re: Possible Australasian Darter, Napier

Postby AlfieB77 » Mon Nov 21, 2022 3:21 pm

Perhaps a female Australasian Darter could be confused with spotted shag from afar?
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Re: Possible Australasian Darter, Napier

Postby Wrybill » Mon Nov 21, 2022 3:23 pm

maybe but 20 meters is ok for a sighting??
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Re: Possible Australasian Darter, Napier

Postby Michael Szabo » Mon Nov 21, 2022 3:29 pm

As this photo by Steve Attwood from NZ Birds Online shows, Spotted Shag is a potential confusion species, and one that occurs near the location where this sighting was reported:
https://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/sites/all/ ... a973_o.jpg
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Re: Possible Australasian Darter, Napier

Postby paradoxdinokipi » Tue Nov 22, 2022 8:35 pm

Any follow-up?

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