White forehead extending over eye Black tipped yellow bill This bird is carrying a slim, silvery little fish, looking like one of those sandeels that Puffins eat. Even this appears a clue that we are dealing with a small tern species, a thought enhanced by the relatively large size of the head compared to its body. Its slightness is also emphasised by the extremely pointed wings and narrow bill, giving it quite a ‘spiky’ appearance. Luckily, there are plenty of other features to back up the initial impression that this is one of the smaller tern species. Firstly, the bill is nearly wholly yellow, with a hint of a black tip. Next, the forehead has a clearly defined white patch, which stretches back in a V over the eye. These features alone should have you concluding this is a tiny Little Tern.
KEY FEATURES Very slim wings and relatively large head Yellow bill White forehead extending over eye Fine black leading edge of underwing