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Record details

BirdPix:   24
Province:   KwaZulu-Natal
Country:   South Africa
Locus:   3030CD
Observer:   Steen Lia
Date of record:   2011-06-14
Number of photos:   2
Notes:   This bird was trying to get scraps off the elastic used to wrap bait, which was stuck in the beach sand. The bird looked tired and stayed there for a length of time, not perturbed that I was so close. No other terns where close-by. The danger of the bird being killed by rubbish from anglers!
Last updated:   2020-12-03 13:24:41
Sp. code:   291
Species name:   Sterna hirundo
Common name:   Common Tern -- Gewone Sterretjie
Family:   Laridae
Record status:   ACCEPTED
Collector's species id:   ? Arctic Tern ( white rump)
Institution:   ADU-UCT
Record URL:   https://vmus.adu.org.za/?vm=BirdPix-24
Links:   • Locus: Summary | Records       • Species: Records | Distribution map
VM-number: 24 - photo: 1
VM-number: 24 - photo: 2

Comments by the Expert Panel on this record:

Comment number:   1
By:   Johan van Rensburg
Comment:   The date of this record makes Arctic tern unlikely. Bill shape and size together with shoulder patch and length of leg points to Common tern
Date:   2013-10-31 09:40:14
Species name:   Sterna hirundo -- Common Tern; Gewone Sterretjie
Species code:   291

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