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White-winged Black Tern

White-winged Black Tern (Image ID 45647)
Photographed byMichael Hamel-Green on Wed 7th Apr, 2021 and uploaded on Fri 9th Apr, 2021 .
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ID45647
CommentYet another kind of Tern sighted above Lake Borrie, most likely a White-winged Black Tern (possibly immature) in non-breeding plumage as indicated by its dark shoulder bars and small black "earphones" behind its eyes. It is distinguishable from a Little Tern by the breadth of its wingspan (some 66mm compared to a Little Tern's 50cm); and distinguishable from a Common Tern by its almost squared off rather than forked tail. Seeing them perched on rocks, you would scarcely imagine the extraordinary breadth of their wings. No doubt its impressive wingspan is of great help in making the most of prevailing winds to carry it forward towards Eurasian breeding grounds. This month or next is when they think about heading off, not to return until the spring.
EquipmentNikon Z7ii, Nikon 300mm PF f420, Nikon TC1.4 420mm ISO 1000 1/6400th f5.6
LocationWerribee Treatment Plant, Werribee, Victoria
Keywordsin flight, non-breeding plumage/features
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