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Monday, September 5, 2011

Black Tern - Staines Reservoir


An hour vigil at Staines Reservoir produced my first British Black Tern. Two birds had been reported to the Surrey Bird Club over the last couple of weeks but until today hadn't seen them. This individual was feeding with Common Tern way off shore, hence the grainy photo. It eventually settled on a raft next to the Common Tern for a few minutes, giving a good size comparison. Other species seen included Mute Swan, Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Shoveler, Coot, Great-crested Grebe, Cormorant, Black-headed Gull, Linnet, House Martin, Starling, Carrion Crow and Pied Wagtail.

Black-headed Gull (juvenile)

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