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Little Tern?? Pera Marsh Algarve Portugal (1 Viewer)

Stranger

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Confirmation (or not) please, Little Tern?, taken at Pera Marsh Algarve Portugal 10/10/2012
 

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Simon Wates

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I think there are only one or two records for Arctic Tern at the site - please send photo to raridades(at)spea.pt

Sorry - meant to say send to noticiario (at) spea.pt. Arctic Tern is not a rarity in Portugal - but it is rare!
 
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Valéry Schollaert

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Everyone is sure this is a juv arctic just with that photo? Not easy for me. Short bill is typical of young juvenile (bill not yet fully grown). Do you have any other feature to exclude a Common Tern?
 

Stranger

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Everyone is sure this is a juv arctic just with that photo? Not easy for me. Short bill is typical of young juvenile (bill not yet fully grown). Do you have any other feature to exclude a Common Tern?

Valery.
3 more Photos may help
 

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Simon Wates

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Actually Valéry I was not so sure myself! I was taking for granted that others were sure - to be honest I have never seen a sure-fire Arctic in Portugal - most are well offshore on passage. The last I saw well were in the UK when I was a teenager.

The first photo is complicated.

The new photo (just seen!) in flight shows clear features of an Arctic however so in the end.....
 

Simon Wates

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By the way, on the OP the long tail steamers reach well beyond the tail too.

One more comment I had meant to make...the bird is perched on the wooden rail of the main boardwalk at Lagoa dos Salgados - now, I have never seen a tern of any kind on there, never mind an Arctic. This location made me think that the bird was not well - or maybe that Arctics are more bold?

Oh and for God's sake sign the petition if you can....its at 17,000 signatures - 3,000 more and the Portuguese Government are obliged to take proper notice! http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Save_Salgados_a_unique_internationally_recognized_birding_sanctuary_from_being_destroyed/
 

Stranger

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Simon
The bird was diving and flying very well for a good spell before perching on the rail.
It did not appear to have any injuries at all and was very confiding,perching within a few feet of me.It did not seem to mind people passing by at all and when the breeze blew my `scope over it flinched but did`nt appear unduly concerned.
It continued flying and diving untill I left,but I did not see it catch anything.
It was not there when I revisited two days later.
 
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