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Caspian terns        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Caspian terns are easily identified by their large size, big red bills, and loud calls.   Breeding adults have neat black caps; winter birds have white caps and black on the face and nape; youngsters show some brownish in the plumage.   Forster's terns are found throughout much of the world.   These pictures were taken in Carmel and Moss Landing, California.

Click here for more photos of Caspian terns, flight pictures of elegant terns, royal terns, Forster's terns, and least terns.

  • Canon R5 or R7; 800 mm IS lens (2021-2022)
  • Olympus E-M1X, 300 mm lens plus 1.4X extender (2022)