Species ID help please

Subject: Species ID help please
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Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2012 08:54:53 +1000
Thanks to all those who have replied on and off list.

A few people have asked to see more. The bird was a fair way out to sea and is tiny in the full frame so I don't have anything much better than what was posted on the blog but I have put together a sequence of unedited 100% crops at

(Note this is a wide image so, depending on browser seetings, you may need to zoom in for full magnification.)

When asking for ID help I prefer to give no opinion because "what is this?" is a very different question from "is this a Kelp Gull?". I agree with others that it looks more like an immature Kelp Gull than anything else but I have not seen one with this sort of a hood before when the rest of the white parts (under body, tail and wing trailing edge) are so advanced.

Regarding the tern, yep, I agree it is a White-fronted Tern, not Common Tern as I originally ID'd it (what was I thinking?)

Thanks for your help

Ian Smissen

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