Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia)

Large bird and elegant flyer. Rare visitor around Montreal which can be easily mistaken for a Common Tern if someone is not familiar with the size difference of these two species.

How To Identify

Different to the Common Tern, the beak of the Caspian Tern hasn't a black tip and is uniformly colored red. This bird is larger in size and flight is less erratic and slower while sailing over the water searching for prey.

Where and When to Spot

I was able to spot this species only once in Rapids Park Lachine.

Photography

Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Rapids Park Lachine

    Saturday, August 11, 2018

    NIKON D500
    300mm f/4

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/1600s
    Aperture f5.6
    ISO 110

Taxonomy

Charadriiformes
Laridae
Hydroprogne caspia