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Forster's Tern Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Forster's Terns don't ever seem to be the most common bird you see around water bodies in South Dakota, but there often do seem to be a few. Most of the time when I see them, they are in flight. Despite a number of flight photos below, I don't have that real "killer", perfect flight photo. Coupled with the fact that it's less often I see them sitting still, my favorite photo of the species is the one below, from Lake Whitewood on April 23rd, 2020.  You can JUST see a little glimmer of light in the eye. Not great, but it's so hard to get a shot of these guys where the eye is really visible!

Forster's Tern - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 1 - Sterna forsteri Forster's Tern 2 - Sterna forsteri Forster's Tern 3 - Sterna forsteri Forster's Tern 4 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 1

June 23rd, 2005
Assateague Island, Virginia

Forster's Tern 2

April 30th, 2005
Highway 81 Lakes, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 3

April 30th, 2005
Highway 81 Lakes, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 4

April 30th, 2005
Highway 81 Lakes, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 5 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 6 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 7 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 8 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 5

April 30th, 2005
Highway 81 Lakes, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 6

May 3rd, 2005
Highway 81 Lakes, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 7

February 13th, 2008
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, Alabama

Forster's Tern 8

May 14th, 2010
Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 9 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 10 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 11 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 12 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 9

May 14th, 2010
Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 10

May 14th, 2010
Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 11

June 23rd, 2005
Assateague Island, Virginia

Forster's Tern 12

October 5th, 2007
Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 13 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 14 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 15 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 16 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 13

October 5th, 2007
Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 14

October 5th, 2007
Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 15

October 5th, 2007
Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 16

May 2nd, 2010
Lake Thompson, South Dakota
Forster's Tern 17 - Sterna forsteri Forster's Tern 18 - Sterna forsteri Forster's Tern 19 - Sterna forsteri Forster's Tern 20 - Sterna forsteri

Forster's Tern 17

May 2nd, 2010
Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 18

April 23rd, 2020
Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 19

April 23rd, 2020
Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Forster's Tern 20

April 23rd, 2020
Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Click here for the species description page for the Forster's Tern.


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