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Spotted these on a Nile Cruise near Luxor a couple of years ago, no idea what they are, please help. (1 Viewer)

Daan van der hoeven

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The larger species are indeed gull-billed, if its up to me (the bird in the front has a classic dark mask).
For the smaller individuals i would say probably white-cheeked, however could be Common tern too
 

nartreb

Speak softly and carry a long lens
surely that's an actual gull at far right. Yellow eye, red spot on thick pale bill, pink legs, overall shape (big head, overall chunkiness)
 

Alexander Stöhr

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There are also two (or three) Whiskered Terns among them, its lowest bird and the upper left bird. They are smaller than the Gull-billed Terns and have the right head pattern with black stripe through the head reching the neck. I am not so sure about the leftmost bird. Are there more pictures?
 

Colin Hose

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There are also two (or three) Whiskered Terns among them, its lowest bird and the upper left bird. They are smaller than the Gull-billed Terns and have the right head pattern with black stripe through the head reching the neck. I am not so sure about the leftmost bird. Are there more pictures?
|Sorry its the only picture I have, also what is the gull on extreme right?
 

Alexander Stöhr

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And the "large gull" on the right gives a strange impression to me. Isnt it a pitfall picture of a Black-headed Gull? I dont see yellow bill .
The other possibility is a Mediteranean Gull with that isolted black spot on the ear-coverts, but this is clerly a pittfall picture, and I am not on a good sereen right now. More, arent there two Med Gulls among them, the guuls with black legs and square heads?

Conclusion? I hope for others to confirm or correct my thinking, that there are two or three Whiskered Tern, a Black-Headed or a Med Gull and Gull Billecd Terns visible here
 

dantheman

Bah humbug
Except there are actually 11 birds in total :)

Top of the head of an additional Gull-billed visible behind a rock on left side of photo.
Ha, I did have a quick look to see if there were any more bird parts in shot but too quick lol. Hard to expect it to be anything else given the species present*, even if on it's own it would probably be unidentifiable?

(ie it matches the second to right GBT pretty much)
 

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