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6/22/19 Cape Lookout, NC - Carteret County. Strong, fast wing-beat, direct flight (just out of camera range:classic_smile:). The sun was low which may affect the colors.

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26 minutes ago, hbvol50 said:

could be a Ruddy Turnstone

Yeah, but It seems to be dark on the belly where a Ruddy Turnstone should be white. Unless that is a lighting issue.

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Well, I'm only guessing because I am unfamiliar with Black Terns, but I think you can see the bird well enough for someone with more experience to confirm.

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Yes, Black Tern. I have a fair amount of experience with them on the NC coast. Their plumage this time of year is quite variable. 

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7 minutes ago, urban snipe said:

black tern?

Yes, confirmed by Blackburnian. In looking through my photos I found a second similar plumaged bird. I have yet to see an adult in breeding plumage.

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