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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Arctic Terns; Landsort; 17th May 2009

Some more photos here of Arctic Terns, several birds loafing around a breeding colony on the rocks in the harbour area. No nests yet, the birds just starting to prospect nest sites, one or two birds were soiled on the breast where they had been clearing the way for a nest with their breasts, attempting to make a shallow depression in the soil in cracks in the rock base...
Had originally thought Arctic a rather uncommon migrant, though have been informed by Raul Vicente, a regular visitor to Landsort, that 10-15 pairs breed in the northern harbour. Initially assumed these birds to be Common Terns due to the dark tip on the bill, though as Raul has pointed out to me, the Arctic Tern can show a dark tip to the bill. Other features such as the primary projection and small bill confirm this identification...

1 comment:

Raúl Vicente said...


These birds on the foto are arctic terns. The short, red bill with a little black on the tip is a variation. The short legs, and compact form is also typical. The very long tailfeathers, toghether with the projection of the wings shows a arctic. As i said earlier, the common is not as common at this time of the year, even though a few couples breed on/around Landsort.

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