One good tern deserves...

Subject: One good tern deserves...
From: "Stuart Harris" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2006 22:57:14 +1000
Despite good advice from experienced COG members at tonight's meeting I am yet to be convinced of the identity of some 20 odd Terns that i observed (and photographed) flying and diving gracefully around Fivebough Swamp , near Leeton, last weekend. It was suggested that the birds in the attached pics are indeed White-winged Black Terns, and the behaviour and habitat fit perfectly, as does their size in the field guides though the artwork in both Pizzey and Morcombe does not convince me of the breeding, non-breeding or even juvenile plumage of what I saw. All I can think of is that they are in eclipse plumage at the moment. I have no suggestions to the contrary and would like confirmation of the above suggestion as this would be the second 'lifer' I spotted that day at Fivebough, the other being 2 x Wood Sandpipers (photo ID also) Another highlight at the swamp were at least 100 Glossy Ibis and a host of crakes, rails and raptors.
Stuart Harris

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