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Common Tern - Sterna hirundo

Common Tern - Sterna hirundo

A small gull-like migratory seabird nesting along the river around Montreal. Commonly seen along river and lakes flying over the surface looking for fishes which then are catched with a dive into the water.

Common Names

How to Identify

The bird is grey on the back and upper side of the wings, white of the belly and lower side of the wings, has a black cap and red-orange beak transitioning to black towards the end. Very similar to the larger Caspian Tern which is less frequent than Common Tern. Different to the Caspian Tern, the Common Tern's beak ends in Black.

Where & When to Spot

Late spring till mid autumn along the river and in parks with ponds near the river.

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Rapids Park Lachine - June 08, 2019

NIKON D500; 300.0 mm f/4.0; Focal Length 420mm; Exposure 1/2500; Aperture f6.3; Iso 280;
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Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

park-de-la-frayere - May 27, 2017

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f6.3; Iso 220;
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Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Park Angrignon - June 26, 2016

NIKON D7100; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 360;
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Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Park Angrignon - June 26, 2016

NIKON D7100; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;
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Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Flying by Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Park Angrignon - June 26, 2016

NIKON D7100; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/1000; Aperture f6.3; Iso 560;
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Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

Park Angrignon - July 11, 2015

NIKON D7100; 70.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f5.6; Iso 320;
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