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Ken Crawley — October 10, 09:28AM

I have a photo of a flock of birds that I believe might be black terns but can't confirm it

I took a couple of poor quality photos of a flock of birds at Werribee river mouth on the weekend but can't positively identify the species. The best guess I have (based on a poor quality photos) is black terns, but this species is not listed in eBird and is extremely rare for Australia based on what I have read.
The birds were flying in a flock of 15-20 birds and were flying erratically. They have black bodies and heads, grey wings with no black underneath (so not white-winged black terns), a white snub tail with grey on top and long slender wings.
Does anyone have an idea what type of birds they could be?
Happy to send the photos if necessary.


Magnus Grylle — October 16, 05:34PM

Please send some photos.

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Ken Crawley — October 16, 10:10PM

Refer tern species photos in Checklist S39783854.

Not sure how to attach photos here.

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E.C. — October 23, 07:36PM might help you identify those terns.

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