RE; Id ideas - Heron Island sightings

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Subject: RE; Id ideas - Heron Island sightings
From: "Jeff Davies" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 14:25:28 +1100
G'day Eric,


Two very interesting photos and well worth posting on the forum. The Wader
is correctly identified by yourself as a Wandering Tattler, this bird is a
worn juvenile.

The tern is also interesting and the coverage in HANZAB probably won't help
you in this case. I would go for first winter Black-naped Tern, the head
pattern is good for that with the strong black hook onto the ear coverts and
broader than adult black nape that doesn't reach as far down the hind-neck
as adult. But the primaries are a bit confusing to me because although they
are strongly patterned like retained juvenile they look quite fresh and five
visible tips instead of six seem to hint that they are growing in, when
complete you should see six primary tips, I think you can see the tip of p10
of the far left wing just visible above the top edge of the right hand wing
still growing in. I may have this completely wrong, so I will have to ask


Cheers Jeff.






Hi all
Ive posted a couple of images below which Id appreciate id assistance with.
The first bird was loosely associating with Black-naped and Crested Terns
was similar in size/slightly smaller than the adult Black-napeds. I dont
HANZAB or any detailed tern id reference, but my field guides dont indicate
subadult plumage like this with dark shoulder and the slightly darker
tips. It did also seem a little less upright in stance/bit more horizontal
the nearby adult Black napeds.

As per caption, to me this bird seems to be a Wandering, but I didnt get a 
clear call from it. I did from another bird which was my only definite id of
Wandering. There seemed to be only 3-4 tattlers on the island and they
much less conspicuous than the other waders present.

Appreciate any thoughts. Heron was a fantastic experience despite a list of 
under 30 species on the island the most common inhabitants are mostly
species I 
get limited or no experience of in my normal birding life so it made for a 
really fascinating few days. I will post a full list of sightings shortly.





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