Update 10

Skuas, Jaegers, Gulls, Terns, Noddies

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The White-winged Black Tern has a low, rather erratic flight, often barely clearing the surface, but occasionally briefly lifting several metres higher.
Now and then the bill is jabbed into the sand, an action so quick that it appears but a light touch of the surface. The wingbeat is a light, flickering action, shallow, as deeper strokes would hit the sand when the bird is in its lowest, sand-skimming flight;

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