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Old Thursday 5th December 2019, 15:36   #1
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Is this a Gull-billed Tern?

Seen in Brisbane area in September.
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Old Thursday 5th December 2019, 15:44   #2
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Looks good to me Delia (the version in Oz may have been split from the one in the Western Palearctic but I’m not sure).
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Ooooh!! Thanks Richard.

Never even saw it (it was in amongst a group of Great Crested Terns) and rather distant. It was only when studying the picture preparing to process it that I spotted it.

Is that still a Life Tick I wonder?
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Old Thursday 5th December 2019, 15:48   #4
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Looks good to me. Crested Terns on the left.
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https://www.hbw.com/species/australi...don-macrotarsa

Also now split by IOC

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Thanks Joe and Brian for the confirmations.
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Old Thursday 5th December 2019, 17:30   #7
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Ooooh!! Thanks Richard.

Never even saw it (it was in amongst a group of Great Crested Terns) and rather distant. It was only when studying the picture preparing to process it that I spotted it.

Is that still a Life Tick I wonder?
It’s frustrating I know Delia, but I couldn’t bring myself to tick it in those circumstances ( but I promise not to tell if you do so).
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Is that still a Life Tick I wonder?
Agree with Richard, and most others wouldn't tick it either I believe ...

(But it's your list, your rules etc ...blah blah blah ... )


I guess it's down to seeing and enjoying the bird at the time - if you'd known it was something different and wanted confirmation after that would be different ...
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An Indian Silverbill was in a photo I took, but I only spotted the bird after I looked at the photo on the computer
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I'm not sure but you can always identify it at allaboutbirds.org.
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Ummm.. he's in the perfect place to get a bird identification
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A little blog post with some comparison photos of Australian Tern and Gull Billed Tern

http://blogs.ecology-solutions.com.a...-in-australia/
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Ooooh!! Thanks Richard.

Never even saw it (it was in amongst a group of Great Crested Terns) and rather distant. It was only when studying the picture preparing to process it that I spotted it.

Is that still a Life Tick I wonder?
Tick it now. Untick it later when you're less emotionally attached then tick it again when you actually see one. Double the fun. That's the approach I often take with uncertain IDs.
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