Yellowlegs update plus Jaeger query

To: David Stowe <>
Subject: Yellowlegs update plus Jaeger query
From: John Graff <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2008 22:07:52 +1030
Could the dark birds have been dark morph birds? And to answer your question, I 
doubt that your description is enough to conclusively call them Arctic, as 
their plumages are very similar and Pomarines are still pretty agile when 
harassing other birds, but I am happy to be corrected by anybody out there with 
a greater knowledge of them (which is likely to be a fair few people).

John Graff> We were staying with relatives in Tea Gardens (north side of Port > 
Stephens 2 hours north of Sydney) and spent a while on Sunday > afternoon 
watching Jaegers and Terns from Bennett's Beach (main surf > beach).> There 
were at least 4 or 5 of them harassing Crested Terns within a > couple of 
hundred metres of the shore.> 2 had white striking markings - black cap, white 
underside and a dark > collar while another couple seemed to be juveniles with 
a fairly even > brown colour. They did have white on the base of the primaries 
on the > upperwing and some slightly paler areas of brown underneath.> They did 
seem quite aerobatic when harassing the terns but also flew > steadily and 
swiftly parallel to the beach not far above the water.> Would these 
descriptions be enough to call them Arctic or could they > just as easily be 
Pomarine Jaegers??> (This is the second time from 2 visits that i have seen 
Jaegers here).> > Any help would be appreciated.> > Happy New Year!> > Dave> 
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