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Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans), Patagonia Lake State Park, Santa Cruz County

This Elegant Tern was found and photographed by Richard Carlson and photographed by James Hays on 23 May 2014 and by Alan Schmierer on 24 May.

Casual in Arizona, with 12 accepted state records. This is one of the earliest reports for the state.

Elegant Tern is distiguished from Royal Tern by the long bill that droops and is usually orangish at the tip and by the long shaggy crest.  It differs from Caspian Tern in the long crest, thin bill and white undersides to the wingtips.

 


23 May 2014, photo by Richard Carlson


23 May 2014, photo by James Hays


24 May 2014, photo by Alan Schmierer

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Submitted on 23 May 2014

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