Tern ID's

Subject: Tern ID's
From: Evan Beaver <>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2006 07:28:08 +1100
I've just come back from a couple of days fishing on Yakaba Head, Hawks Nest, about 200k's north of Sydney. The fishing and birding were both moderate at best. A few Sea Eagles being the main attraction, and a little penguin visited a few times.
My main question is, how does one differentiate an Arctic from a Common tern in the field (I poured a cup of tea on my keyboard and none of the punctuation is working). All the birds we saw had red beaks, but were otherwise too far away to tell accurately.

Evan Beaver
Lapstone, Blue Mountains
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