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Elegant Tern

Thalasseus elegans

ML64155331



eBird Checklist S38293675
US-TX-Gulf of Mexico (27.4368,-97.2920)
Kleberg, Texas, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 27.4368, -97.292 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Unknown
Behaviors
Breeding
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Comments

Observation details

Continuing bird observed from 3:00-3:23pm. Approximately .45 miles north of the boardwalk ramp leading from the campground at PINS. Almost exact size of Sandwich Tern but with thin, orange bill. Much smaller than nearby Royal Terns. Aside from size, bill structure was the main identifying factor, remaining narrow and tapering to sharp point on Elegant while the bill of Royals were much wider with rounder tips. Also retains much more of its black cap in basic plumage than Royals. Was sleeping and loafing with other terns. Flew shortly, caught a fish, then came back. Was still on the beach when I left.

Technical Information

Model
Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Lens model
EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
f-stop
f/14.0
Focal length
400 mm
Shutter speed
1/1600 sec
ISO
1250
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
1,884KB
Dimensions
3339 x 2226

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