Chile - some coastal birding (part 4)

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4 years 3 months ago #86152 by nkgray
nkgray created the topic: Chile - some coastal birding (part 4)
To complete my day's birding on the Chilean coast here are some truly coastal species, all from the Laridae family - gulls, terns and related species.

First one of my lifers, the Black Skimmer


...which seems quite adept at close formation aerobatics


Identifying non-adult seabirds can be a bit tricky if there are several similar looking species in an area. Fortunately, in winter at least, this is not too much of a problem in this area.

Brown-hooded Gull in almost full breeding plumage, with the characteristic pinkish colouration of the breast and belly


Grey Gull


Was it something he ate?


Kelp Gull in various stages of plumage...

An adult...


A possible 3rd-year bird, beneath the landing adult...


A 2nd-year bird (standing)...


A 1st-year bird...


The South American Tern, non-breeding plumage adults....




...and a 1st-year bird with partial moult


Snowy-crowned Tern - the bird between the coots; the rest are South American Terns



Neil

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4 years 3 months ago #86156 by John Young
John Young replied the topic: Re: Chile - some coastal birding (part 4)
As always, I thoroughly enjoy reading your posts and seeing birds from other shores - thanks for sharing your quality pics with us.
Cheers,
Dave

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