Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Sandwich Tern & Early Purple Orchid
This Sandwich Tern was fishing on the Western Yar Estuary. I'm trying to build up a small video library of the various terns so that I can learn their flight characteristics from a distance. The Collins Guide says this about the Sandwich Tern: 'Large size and long, 'pencil' bill distinctive. Rapid fishing flight with measured, forceful wingbeats, wings slightly flexed, long and evenly narrow; also, appears short-tailed (front heavy) in flight. When feeding, often patrols at greater height than Common or Arctic Tern, with bill pointing down, making sudden and bold dive to catch fish...Pale grey upperparts, white underparts and broad white trailing edge give very whitish impression compared with Common or Arctic Tern'