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Thursday, 24 April 2014

'COMIC' TERN high over Durrants Hill Fishery, Apsley / Two Waters at 10.30

COMMON TERN or ARCTIC TERN in gloom high over Durrants Hill Fishery, Apsley / Two Waters at 10.30 - first thought Common seen at long distance but then noticed at times it looked a bit bull-necked & short billed with grey look below & obvious white cheeks more like Arctic. The bill did look darkish red but it was in dim light. I also couldn't make out a dark wedge on the wing. Tail streamers & birds movement weren't conclusive & even looking at the shocking record shots I managed I still can't decide. It soon headed off NW vaguely following the canal before dipping down & being lost from sight behind trees. It was silent unlike almost all Common Terns I see following the canal.

'Comic' TERN high over Two Waters in gloom.

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