This bird was photographed at High Island on April 21, 1991
by Ted Eubanks. It was identified by the finder, Martin Reid,
as a thayeri, but at the time kumlieni was not even
considered; field notes describe the dark wing markings as "black",
yet the photos and pattern look much better for kumlieni (one
reviewer wondered if the slides have faded, but look at the black
in the wings of the Royal Tern - it looks correct for that species);
some expert opinion feels it looks fine for kumlieni, while
another feels it looks too chunky for thayeri or kumlieni?
it was not a large bird, and it was twice dislodged from its perch
by a Royal Tern; comments?:
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