CLOSED: Black Tern? Forster's Tern?

Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

Can these first three all be the same type of bird? And are they Black Tern?

Saw a bunch of similar birds yesterday (13 Sep 2012) flying along a canal of brackish water, plunging in for fish periodically. These were the best shots I was able to get with the storms rolling in.

Are the last two shots Forster's Tern? I saw this bird on the same day from the Hawk Watch Tower at Smith Point on Galveston Bay.

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Northumberland, United Kingdom(Zone 9a)

Yep, Black Terns; #1 and #3 are moulting adults, #2 is a juvenile.

And yep, Forster's tern for #4-5.


Willis, TX(Zone 8b)

Sweeeet. I got one! I can't take credit for the presumptive ID on the Forster's though. An expert birder was out at the tower calling out birds. Sometimes I was uncertain if I was getting the right bird though.

Thanks so much , Resin. And thanks for the info that #2 was a juvi. He was with the other Black Terns, so I suspected it was the same type of bird even though it was somewhat different.


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