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Tern, Swift

Unread post by arks » Sat Feb 28, 2009 11:57 pm

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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Re: Swift Tern

Unread post by arks » Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:19 pm

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Gary » Sun Aug 18, 2013 9:36 am

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Johan van Rensburg » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:49 am

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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Re: Identification Help - General Birds

Unread post by Gary » Sun Aug 18, 2013 8:33 pm

Brilliant (nice to clear it up at last) - can you explain that in a little more detail, Johan :?

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Re: Tern, Swift

Unread post by wildtuinman » Fri Jun 20, 2014 9:01 am

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