Possible Arctic Tern

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Possible Arctic Tern

Postby imogen » Thu Nov 15, 2018 7:39 pm

Taken on Foxton Beach yesterday afternoon (14th Nov). Looked different to the wfts but not quite right for a common tern.
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Re: Possible Arctic Tern

Postby sav » Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:56 pm

Hi Imogen,

Having taken a closer look, I don't think this can be an Arctic Tern. The white inner webs to the wings don't fit, and it's legs are short but I don't think short enough. Also the shape of the dark crown is different to any Arctic that I have seen, and the grey of the closed wings might be a shade or 2 too pale.

I wonder if this isn't just a White-fronted Tern (and maybe a small one?)

With all the uncommon terns it is really valuable to see the pattern of the underwing. And rump v back colours.

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Re: Possible Arctic Tern

Postby Clinton9 » Fri Nov 16, 2018 6:50 pm

First summer White-fronted tern.

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