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Wednesday, 17 June 2009

ROYAL TERN in North Wales




Rhys Jones obtained these record shots of Monday's ROYAL TERN as it sat distantly on Abersoch Harbour sands late afternoon.
Andrew Holden and others have now expressed how orange they felt that the bill colour was and a number of exchange emails with Brian Small and Julian Hough have indicated how difficult it is to assign any extralimital record of Royal Tern to subspecies. It seems that the critical detail is in the tail length and that sort of information is simply not available in any of the published images.