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Seen in St.Kitts in the Caribbean today, June 28. Chocolate brown body, with a blackish tail. Pale white on chest and a distinct pale white mark on back of neck. Maybe a Jaeger, like a Parasitic Jaeger?

Any thoughts? Looks like smallish seagull size, but can be compared with the cattle egret and Glossy Ibises in background.

 

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1 hour ago, Connor Cochrane said:

I think this might be a weird young Laughing Gull. You can see eye arcs in the second photo

Hi Conner, I really uncomfortable calling this a Laughing Gull. I have seen many Juvenile laughing Gulls and this one would have to be really unique.

 

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1 hour ago, CoastieBirder said:

Brown noddy ?

The pictures are not so clear (taken with my phone!) but there does not seem to be any white on the head, but certainly there is a white band on the back of the neck, which I have not seen in Brown Noddy pictures. It could be a B. N. but I'm not confident on this.

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On 6/28/2020 at 9:08 PM, The Bird Nuts said:

Looks good for a Laughing Gull.  Looks like an adult that has been covered in oil.

Hear, hear.

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