Help with bird IDs

To: Greg & Val Clancy <>, Nicholas Talbot <>, birding aus <>
Subject: Help with bird IDs
From: Nikolas Haass <>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 01:30:13 -0700 (PDT)
Nick and Greg,
Yep, I also agree with Superb Fairy Wren.
I think the terns are one adult non-breeding and one first winter White-fronted 
Terns. To me the the primaries in the movie have a similar shade to the rest of 
the upperparts (good for White-fronted). In the movie with the adult bird 
alone, you can even see the white primary fringes (good for White-fronted). In 
both movies I miss the contrast of dark primaries to lighter upperparts as I 
would expect for Common Tern.

Nikolas Haass

Sydney, NSW

----- Original Message ----
From: Greg & Val Clancy <>
To: Nicholas Talbot <>; birding aus 
Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2008 10:56:41 AM
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Help with bird IDs

I agree that the Fairy-wrens are Superb - appear to be a young male and two 

The tern is more difficult.  Common Terns do sometimes stay late or 
over-winter and the white edging to the primaries (a feature of 
White-fronted) doesn't appear to be very obvious.


Greg Clancy

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