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Old Thursday 13th June 2013, 07:28   #1
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All these photos are from April 2012:

1) Scaly-breasted Lorikeet? Springbrook NP.

2) Are these all greater crested terns mostly young? Or are the little ones a different species? From near Fraser Island.

3) I know the terns are greater crested, but what about the Sandpipers & Plovers? Lesser Sand Plovers maybe? No clue on the sandpipers. Same spot as above.

4) From Fraser Island - a white-bellied sea eagle?

5) Also from Fraser Island - small crow? Torresian crow?
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Old Thursday 13th June 2013, 07:53   #2
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#1: Immature Australian King Parrot (Alisterus scapularis).
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Old Thursday 13th June 2013, 08:34   #3
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1) king parrot
2) crested terns (big ones) and little terns (little ones) plus a couple of waders of some sort
3) the terns are Caspians (note red bill). I'll leave the waders to someone else
4) white-bellied sea eagle
5) Torresian crow (the only species on Fraser island I think)
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Agree with King Parrot in 1

big terns in 2 Great Crested, but big tern in 3 with red bill is Caspian. Small terns in 2 are mostly Little/Fairy (probably Little?)

just seen Chlid's post, agree also with 4 and 5

the plovers I've looked at in 3 look like Lesser Sandplover to me

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big terns in 2 Great Crested, but big tern in 3 with red bill is Caspian. Small terns in 2 are mostly Little/Fairy (probably Little?)
I found a Fraser Island bird list and it only has little terns, no fairy. Because there are LOTS of them in the photo I would say they must be littles. Not sure myself how one would separate them from the photo?
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there's a chlidonias in the upper left corner of pic 2. probably white-winged.
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there's a chlidonias in the upper left corner of pic 2. probably white-winged.
I saw that, and there's another sort of in the middle of the photo (near the back), but I thought they were juvenile little terns. [I'm not a tern expert!]
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also (for any wader experts), the waders amongst the little terns must be very small, so are they red-necked stints then?
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also (for any wader experts), the waders amongst the little terns must be very small, so are they red-necked stints then?
I guess so too, but the Calidris waders in with the sandplovers in the 3rd pic appear to be too big for stints, so I'm guessing Sanderling for those??
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Lesser Sandplover and probably Red-necked Stint in #2 and I'd agree with Sanderling in #3

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I saw that, and there's another sort of in the middle of the photo (near the back), but I thought they were juvenile little terns. [I'm not a tern expert!]
Its got an all black bill and only a small area of white on the forehead ( too small for juvenile. Little ). Moulting to 'winter' longipennis Common?

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Chlid, In breeding plumage Littles have black lores and a definite supercillium, showing as a white wedge. Fairy have white lores - at all times - and the white forehead looks squared off.

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1) (Australian) King Parrot
2) Little Terns, 2 White-winged Black Terns and the few waders look good for Red-necked Stint
3) Sanderlings and Lesser Sand Plovers in the front - a few Greater candidates amongst the back group, but too blurry to say for sure. And the terns are Caspian as others have said
4) White-bellied Sea-Eagle
5) If Torresian is the usual corvid on Fraser Island, it's probably Torresian
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1) (Australian) King Parrot
2) Crested Terns, Little Terns, 2 White-winged Black Terns and the few waders look good for Red-necked Stint
3) Sanderlings and Lesser Sand Plovers mainly - a few big-billed Greater also mixed in, and Caspian Terns.
4) White-bellied Sea-Eagle imm.
5) Torresian Crow
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