White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

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White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Postby Will Parsons » Tue Jul 25, 2017 5:14 pm

Just few days ago saw spoonbill showing near full plumage on the lower Wairau and rather odd looking white necked black swan.
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Re: White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Postby Clinton9 » Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:37 pm

Almost backward pattern of Black-necked white swan of South America.
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Re: White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Postby Liam Ballard » Wed Jul 26, 2017 6:46 am

Hybrid?
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Re: White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Postby George Hobson » Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:51 am

This bird's neck is quite a lot whiter, but it's similar to Neil and Tony's Leucistic Black Swan viewtopic.php?f=3&t=247&p=1360#p1361
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Re: White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Postby Michael Szabo » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:44 pm

Has anyone seen this bird again since the photo was posted?
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Re: White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Postby Will Parsons » Mon Nov 20, 2017 3:50 pm

Yes I saw once more approximately a month ago,
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Re: White necked black swan and breeding plumage showing Royal spoonbill

Postby Michael Szabo » Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:12 pm

Is it a full adult bird, I wonder, because it looks like it's an immature bird in the photo. That may explain why it looks smaller than the two all-black birds and has a more rounded head and smaller bill.
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