Banded Caspian Tern on the Whanganui River Estuary

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Paul Gibson
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Banded Caspian Tern on the Whanganui River Estuary

Postby Paul Gibson » Thu Jan 30, 2020 4:50 pm

A banded Caspian tern has been on the river the last while (first seen by local Jim Norris), but it has been impossible to read the lettering due to the band always being the wrong way round. However, today in flight, I managed a picture that shows A98, and I understand it may have been banded at Waimea, Nelson, by Willie Cook. Caspian tern are common birds here, so interesting to know where they might come from and breed. This bird also has a juvenile in tow.

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David Melville
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Re: Banded Caspian Tern on the Whanganui River Estuary

Postby David Melville » Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:51 am

Willie Cook advises that this bird was banded as a chick at the Waimea Inlet colony on 21 January 2013 - this is the first time it has been reported since banding.
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Paul Gibson
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Re: Banded Caspian Tern on the Whanganui River Estuary

Postby Paul Gibson » Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:58 am

Thanks David, very interesting that it is the first time it has been sighted since banding in January 2013. The picture below shows why the band is hard to read. The lettering is okay, in fact very clear for seven years old, however, the band seems to have reversed in the overlap area, putting some of the lettering inside, and out of sight.

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David Melville
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Re: Banded Caspian Tern on the Whanganui River Estuary

Postby David Melville » Fri Jan 31, 2020 12:40 pm

Thanks Paul - good to see this photo - obviously a problem when the band was put on. A reminder to double check prior to release - the engraving should have been on the outside.

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