Sandwich Tern: fishery patrol | Nature Notes from Dorset

In mid summer Brownsea Island is one of the best places in the country to see sandwich terns (Sterna sandvicensis). There are scattered colonies elsewhere in the British Isles but here in Dorset they nest right in front of the hides on the Brownsea Lagoon. 
Although yet another white sea bird with a black head the sandwich tern is much more streamlined than a gull. It is a fishing bird that dives in to the shallow sea for small fish (mainly sand eels) and is usually seen in flight patrolling the sea just off shore; you will never see one swimming on the water. 

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