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Forster's Tern

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.

Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2002

Having caught a small fish and returning to eat.

 
Adult Tern
 
Juvenile Tern
Copyright Barbara Samuelson 2002

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