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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Arctic Terns; Landsort,; 17th May 2009

Arctic Tern with a small fish...

Note the shorter, all red bill in comparison to Common tern as well as ash grey tones on the underparts. Note also the tiny feet. Smaller bill, combined with a smaller, more rounded head combine to give the bird a slightly different appearance to Common Tern...

Display posture...

Another display posture...

Arctic Tern is a passage migrant on the baltic coast, so it was nice to find these birds around the harbour on Landsort. The birds were confiding and allowed me to take plenty of photos.
These birds are champion migrants and are probably the species that undertake the longest migration of any species on the planet, a journey that can take them from the coasts of antartica to the coast of the arctic and back again. Spent a while with the bird before boardng the ferry, watching it display.

1 comment:

Raúl Vicente said...

Hi Alan!
The arctic tern is a really common migrant on Landsort during spring, mostly during the first week of may.
The common tern is not as common as a breeding bird, whilst the arctic easily outnumbers the common.
The north harbour usually has about 7-15 pairs of arctic breeding, whilst the common usually only breeds with one pair!
The common tern breeds in higher numbers in the inland, while the arctic breeds mainly on the coastal archipelagoes.

Have a nice one!