Common terns Kapiti Coast

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igor
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Common terns Kapiti Coast

Postby igor » Sat Mar 11, 2023 8:42 pm

The common terns are still about and I saw four today. One (immature) at Plimmerton and three at Waikanae (another immature but with more pronounced carpel bar and two adults in differing stages of starting to develop breeding plumage). Record shots of the three Waikanae birds below. Little tern and a couple of black-fronted also present.
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Re: Common terns Kapiti Coast

Postby Michael Szabo » Sun Mar 12, 2023 7:39 am

Nice finds and good to see that 2 of them look to be coming into breeding plumage.

The bird in your second photos looks to have a reddish bill - if so, could it be the nominate subspecies hirundo?
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Re: Common terns Kapiti Coast

Postby Alan Tennyson » Sun Mar 12, 2023 10:48 pm

1 immature common tern at Waikanae today - probably a bird that Igor saw there yesterday (it looked like the one in the 3rd photo).
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Re: Common terns Kapiti Coast

Postby georgie » Tue Mar 14, 2023 4:03 pm

Imm common tern seen again today at Waikanae spit, record shots included. Little tern also present.
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