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DSC_0904.Gull-billed Tern

Observed: 8th May 2012 By: Stobart 876
DSC_0904.Gull-billed Tern
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I didn't do this sooner because I did not have the internet. I suppose it is a Gull-billed Tern. I know you will put me right.

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Stobart 876's picture

Gull-billed or Black-Headed

I am not yet convinced; surely a black-headed gull would not have black legs and beak

chrisbrooks's picture

Light

The light isn't helping but the legs are red and there is traces of red in the bill. As I say the light is making them look darker, I think.

janetav's picture

Black head

If you compare the shape of the 'black head' in this photo with these of gull-billed terns http://www.naturspesialisten.no/article.php?id=276 you can see that on the terns it's more like a black cap that extends down the back of the neck, whereas on the black-headed gull it's more of a brown hood that has slipped forward!