Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2002
The Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) mostly orange bill, with
black tip, black cap and nape, orange legs and feet. Juvenile (below)
has brown cap and dark eye patch. They nest in widely scattered colonies
in marshes. Call is a hoarse kyarr. The Forster's tern honors Johann
Reinhold Forster (1729-1798) the naturalist who accompanied James Cook,
the famous British explorer of the Pacific Ocean, on his second voyage
around the world in 1772-73. The voyage reached further into Antarctic
waters than anyone had previously reached. Forster discovered five new
species of penguins but gained a reputation as a constant complainer and
troublemaker. His complaints about his hero captain continued after his
return and became public, destroying Forster's career in England. He went
to Germany and became a Professor of History and Mineralogy.
Having caught a small fish and returning to eat.