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 Post subject: Tern, Swift
Unread postPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:57 pm 
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There's a place I really enjoy on the False Bay side of Cape Point, I think its the spot called Bordjiesrif, where at the far northern end of the car park, there's a tidal basin and rocky beach where there are always lots and lots of terns, primarily swift terns with a few sandwich terns mixed in. I always stop there to spend some time watching these flocks wheeling over the water and often squabbling amongst themselves.

A group of swift terns
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A swift tern (with a sandwich tern in the background)
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A mixed group of swift and sandwich terns in flight
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 Post subject: Re: Swift Tern
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:19 pm 
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I enjoyed watching this swift tern (and many others, but these pix are all of the same bird) from the deck of my chalet at Tsitsikamma on 24 September 2011.

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:36 am 
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This was taken at Langebaan awhile ago - in April/May (I think...)
I thought Lesser Crested Tern but that's not exactly common and Swift Tern was more likely but couldn't satisfy myself.
Thanks for your advice!

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Tern - Lesser Crested by Branfields, on Flickr


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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:49 am 
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Hi Gary. Vertically this bird's bill is too deep to be that of a lesser crested tern. LCTs have more slender bills. This is a swift tern

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 Post subject: Re: Identification Help - General Birds
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:33 pm 
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Brilliant (nice to clear it up at last) - can you explain that in a little more detail, Johan :?


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