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Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, South island
New Zealand


Make Canon EOS 7D
Lens Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM   at 584 mm
Exposure 1/1000 s, f/6.3, ISO 800 
Image size 800 x 533 pixels

IOC Names

Order  Charadriiformes   Family  Laridae

Deutsch  Raubseeschwalbe Dutch  Reuzenstern
Italian  Sterna maggiore Spanish  Pagaza Piquirroja


The world's largest terns (weighing 530-782 g, 1.2-1.8lb) have a global population of about 50,000 pairs, scattered in all continents. Despite their cosmopolitan distribution, Caspian Terns belong to one single species and have no subspecies.


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Caspian Tern non-breeding
Hydroprogne caspia
Sterne caspienne

Jean-Michel PAULUS