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Old Wednesday 31st March 2010, 01:39   #1
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Gull/Tern Id - Mexico

I'm looking for some help on id'ing these two birds.

The first shot I think is a Bonaparte’s Gull. I'm not a hundred percent sure, because all the pictures I've seen they look like they have darker backs and wings. A confirmation would be greatly appreciated.

The second bird is a somekind of a Tern, I've narrowed it down that much, I think. Again any help in a postive id would be appreciated.

Both shots were taken last week north of Playa del Carmen.

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Old Wednesday 31st March 2010, 01:49   #2
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Looks like Royal Tern for the tern...IMHO

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Am hinging on Laughing Gull for the gull.

Cannot see other detail, apart fom head structure and markings on either.

Perhaps others can follow with better detail?
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Old Wednesday 31st March 2010, 02:00   #4
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I think the gull is a Laughing Gull, and I offer a second vote for Royal Tern.
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Old Wednesday 31st March 2010, 03:19   #5
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I agree with Royal Tern and bill shape (droopy) is right for Laughing Gull
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Laughing Gull and Royal Tern.

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No doubt at all about the laughing gull

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Old Wednesday 31st March 2010, 15:57   #8
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Agree with the others: laugher and royal
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Laughing Gull, Royal Tern-adult winter.
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Thanks all thats two more for the life list.
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