Common tern Otaki

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igor
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Common tern Otaki

Postby igor » Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:15 pm

Have just seen a common tern roosting with several hundred white-fronted at Otaki River mouth. Will post more details later.
igor
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Re: Common tern Otaki

Postby igor » Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:50 pm

A couple of record shots below. The tern stood out pretty well for the white-fronts, being considerably darker grey on the upper-parts, grey primaries and smaller and slimmer size. Looks like it's coming into breeding plumage with pretty uniform grey upper-parts and a hint of grey on the chest and belly. Still needs the rest of the cap, but little black feathers were visible coming through all the way down to the bill.
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Wrybill
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Re: Common tern Otaki

Postby Wrybill » Thu Nov 24, 2022 7:24 pm

great sighting even though its old

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