Whispered Terns developing breeding plumage and red bill and legs at Cumberland
Chimney, nth Qld, yesterday.
Don't know how much longer the water will last - none in the lower pools where
we had all the finches about four years back, and the trees around them in a
Told by council worker that toilets are to go in next year.
Peter and Bev Morgan
Re the white bird at Chillagoe: we've been out of touch for quite a while, but
I haven't seen my report that the consensus we got on the leucistic bird was a
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike, not a Drongo. It flew across in front of the car
as we were leaving, making it the first and last thing we saw there.
The conservation battle is never finally won; the development battle is.
> On 14 Oct 2015, at 10:07 pm, Peter Ewin <> wrote:
> I agree, whiskered tern are regularly recorded at yanga, and so this is the
> most likely species, particularly if you were looking at yanga lake near the
>> Why would WWBT de developing breeding plumage when they have just migrated
>> from their breeding grounds in the Northern hemisphere? Sounds an odd
>> observation, they were probably Whiskered Terns which do develop black on
>> their belly and chest and breed in Australia in spring!!!
>>> On 14 Oct 2015, at 21:39, Simon <> wrote:
>>> A colleague and I were visiting Yanga National Park in NSW today and
>>> identified what were certainly a number of white winged (black) terns
>>> (Chlidonias leucopeterus) in developing breeding plumage (black appearing on
>>> the lower chest and belly). They weren't on the Park's bird list.
>>> Simon Robinson
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