Birdpedia sighting

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Subject: Birdpedia sighting
From: John Graff <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 11:26:28 +0800
Hi Chris, I don't think you did "jump to the wrong conclusion" - to me, those 
photos show White-winged Black Terns, dark 'earmuff' pattern looks much better 
for them than Whiskered to my knowledge. It's not unusual for WWBs to feed in 
mixed flocks with Whiskereds Cheers,John
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> Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 13:12:04 +1030
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Birdpedia sighting
> Hi All
> I recently posted quite a long list of bird observations on Birdpedia.
> Unfortunately I was a bit premature with one of these observations: my
> listing of 3 immature White-winged Black Tern at Rush Lagoon on KI is
> incorrect. It should have been immature Whiskered Terns. I have never seen
> immature marsh terns on KI until now and was mislead by the dark 'ear-muff'
> head markings; an apparently white rump band on one of the birds; pale band
> across upper median and greater wing coverts and that the three immature
> birds kept to themselves, foraged differently to 15 br plumaged Whiskered
> Terns that were present and were swooped on by adult Whiskered Terns on
> several occasions. However, yesterday I went back and was able to study the
> birds at much closer range (weather was fine and calm and not blowing a
> howling SE) and I had all of these birds fluttering close about me as I
> stood out in the middle of the shallow lagoon! This time the young birds
> were in close association with the adult birds. They mimicked them in every
> way: feeding behaviour, size, call (yes, heard one call-that was a
> clincher!); white rump band seemed to have been an abherration (it had
> disappeared!!); 'ear-muff' markings were lower part of incomplete black cap.
> Anyway, enough of that. The long and short of it is I jumped to a wrong
> conclusion and I sincerely apologise for that. I managed to take a couple of
> poor shots of these birds yesterday and have posted them on my flickr site
> for anybody who wants to look at
> them to confirm my ID. No body else has observed these birds but me and so
> it has not been possible to get a second opinion - the pics I put on Flickr
> will allow this to happen. I appreciate any feedback and comments.
> Kind Regards 
> Chris Baxter 
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