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Inca Tern

Larosterna inca

Description:

Probably one of the most striking and beautiful seabirds on the planet. This unique tern is unmistakable. Its body is a dark slate grey, wings have dark tips, a fine white wing bar and the trailing edge to the wing is also white. Bill and feet are bright dark red with a bright yellow gape and the characteristic flowing white mustaches.

Habitat:

This spotting made at one of the piers in the Miraflores area of Lima city in Peru. The birds were coming to rest and preen under the jetty.

Notes:

Found only in the Humboldt Current, these birds are listed as near threatened globally. Numbers appear to be reducing rapidly. They are the only members of the genus Larosterna.

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22 Comments

triggsturner
triggsturner a week ago

Thank you Rick. Appreciate the comment.

RickBohler
RickBohler a week ago

Congratulations! AWESOME spotting.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano a week ago

I agree with you wholeheartedly. Pura Vida!

triggsturner
triggsturner a week ago

Thank you so much Larry for your comment. I appreciate it very much. My aim is to make each spotting as special as possible from the most everyday critter to the rarest I have been lucky enough to find. They are all special to me and PN is a place where all of us can appreciate and learn about our living planet through each other's work. Enjoy. Rob.

triggsturner
triggsturner a week ago

Thank you Christine and Rach for your comments and support of this spotting.

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano a week ago

spectacular collection you have here triggsturner.

remkinloch
remkinloch a week ago

Congratulations on SOTW. What an amazing looking bird, clearly has no idea of its threatened status!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 2 weeks ago

Congratulations! Fantastic spotting.

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 weeks ago

Thank you Leuba, Sergio, Mark and Kostas for you comment and support of this spotting.

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 weeks ago

Thank you PN rangers for the honour of SOTW. For me, seeing this species so well was an incredible moment. I am very happy to share it with you guys.

KostasZontanos
KostasZontanos 2 weeks ago

Congratulations Rob!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 weeks ago

Congrats Rob. Love the mo.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 2 weeks ago

Congratulations.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 weeks ago

Congratulations !

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 2 weeks ago

Congratulations Robert, your beautiful Inca Tern series as been voted Spotting of the Week:

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 2 weeks ago

Handsome bird - love the upside-down Dali moustache !

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 weeks ago

Thank you Sukanya for your comment.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 weeks ago

So stately. So dignified....loved the mustache.

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 2 weeks ago

I got the impression that the staff at the restaurant loved them as much as we did. They were closed when we were there(break between lunch and dinner) and the staff would come out for a break, or to dump a bit of leftover seafood over the side and watch them the whole time

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 weeks ago

Great story Karen. I was told about this place by a couple if guys I met on the trail in Manu. There is a restaurant at the end of this pier and I got a window table. Just outside the window there is a rail. Two birds sat on it not 10 feet away albeit on the other side of the glass while I eat my corn soup. Just an amazing experience. That particular bucket list item well and truly ticked!

KarenSaxton
KarenSaxton 2 weeks ago

They were my #1 for that trip. Our tour group was in Lima before heading to Machu Picchu and our tour guide was an archeologist and not a biologist. I had looked these guys up and knew the pier was the most likely place to find them. One a walk through the city, we realized the pier wasn't that far out of our walking sphere(we could see it from the Mall) and we declined one of the bus tours the group went on to walk down. It was wonderful and we weren't the only ones taking pictures of these wonderful birds(and literally laughing with delight). Needless to say, a few of our fellow tourists wished they'd walked with us. The guide had told us there was no place other than the island to see them. He was shocked when we showed him the photos

triggsturner
triggsturner 2 weeks ago

Glad it bought you some memories Karen. These birds were on my bucket list for years and although I had seen them at a distance before, this spotting was a bit of a dream come true for me.

Magdalena del Mar, Lima, Peru

Lat: -12.12, Long: -77.05

Spotted on Jun 30, 2017
Submitted on Sep 8, 2017

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