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Alta

Forster's Terns?

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Yesterday, Little Talbot Island SP, NE FL  (was looking for the Leasts to be back, but didn't see any)

32745469193_a326db3942_z.jpg170319 hmplt 101c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr

33431086811_e98e0c307a_z.jpg170319 hmplt 100c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr

With Royals and Sandwich

33559708115_f230abb182_z.jpg170319 hmplt 225 by Alta Tanner, on Flickr

Above most of the Royals

33519108096_b6aa36a579_z.jpg170319 hmplt 226 by Alta Tanner, on Flickr

This is a Herring picking food from the water without submerging, isn't it?  Watched it for a little while.  Had quite the technique!

33559772605_c9917f17b5_z.jpg170319 hmplt 009c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr

 

170319 hmplt 226 by Alta Tanner, on Flick

33519213056_618792d896_z.jpg170319 hmplt 011c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr

33431096441_72046f0ec2_z.jpg170319 hmplt 012c by Alta Tanner, on Flickr

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1: Yes, Forster's Tern

2: Kinda looks like a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

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3 minutes ago, Alta said:

With orange legs?

With orange legs it could be a Herring, but I'm not a Gull expert.

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The Gull looks fine for a young Herring. Immature Lesser Black-backed Gulls look like immature Great Black-backed Gulls

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Immature Lessers, in my experience, look more like immature Herrings. But in this case, I agree with Herring - the distinctly pale inner primaries are a classic mark for Herring that isn't present in Lessers. (Leg color is tricky in young gulls, since it often doesn't match the adults.)

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Thanks all.  Its action was different from some terns and pelicans.  It stuck its bill down and tried to grab stuff getting as little of its body in the water as possible with its wings out of the water.  Got something each time.  Talented.

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41 minutes ago, Alta said:

Thanks all.  Its action was different from some terns and pelicans.  It stuck its bill down and tried to grab stuff getting as little of its body in the water as possible with its wings out of the water.  Got something each time.  Talented.

It could have been a trick similar to the Black Herons in Africa, which shade the water underneath them not only to get a better view but to attract small fish looking for cover

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