Caspian Tern
Copyright Paul Gale


Caspian Tern flying out of Minsmere RSPB (Suffolk) from South Hide, June 1996. Caspian Terns breed in parts of North America, Australasia and Eurasia. I saw three fly past Paphos lighthouse (Cyprus) in April 1998. Occasionally wandering birds turn up in the UK. However, they don't tend to stay in one place for long and are difficult to catch up with. The bird pictured here spent a week or two in east Suffolk and Norfolk in June 1996 with a preference for the scrape at Minsmere RSPB.
Caspian Tern in flight


Caspian Tern in front of the South Hide, Minsmere RSPB, June 1996. The Caspian Tern is the largest tern species in the world. From the photos below it can be seen that it is comparable in size to the Lesser black-backed Gull (bottom left photo) and bigger than the Black-headed Gull (right photo). The large red bill and the blackish under-primaries distinguish the Caspian Tern from the Royal Tern (which is extremely rare in the UK).
Caspian Tern

Gull-billed Tern in flight in England
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