on more of the bill than usual
This curious looking tern was photographed on the 5th of November at Faro Saltpans in the south of Portugal. Thijs Valkenburg is the guy who picked it up and in discussion with Pim Wolf came to a considered ID. I agree- see what you think. It’s interesting too when you recall that yellow-billed tern at Cemlyn, N. Wales a few years back. What have I said! 😉
I got your email from Pim Wolf after discussing the identification of this tern. (see pictures attached)
We got to a fairly good conclusion we think, sandvicensis with a weird bill deformation and colouration.
We would like to see what´s your opinion about it. It´s quite a nice case. Lucky it was not a fly by,
that would be quite a heart breaking bird I think!
Best regards and thanks in advance for an answer,