Tuesday, March 13, 2012

First photographic record of Caspian Tern ?

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia has a worldwide distribution, wintering south all the way to Australia, but is a rare vagrant of Borneo.

There are only four records in Borneo before this, 2 in Sarawak (1986 & 1994), 1 each in Brunei (1980) and Sabah (Labuan 1991).

This bird was photographed near the shore in Tinagat, Tawau on 27th November 2011, by sifus Ku Kok On and Lim Chieng Peng,being the fifth record in Borneo and could very well be the first photographic record of this species here. (Edit : See note below)

Many thanks to the two gentlemen who generously allowed me to upload their rare images to Borneo Bird Images for public record and to blog about the rare bird here.

Image courtesy of Ku Kok On

Image Courtesy of Lim Chieng Peng

Happy birding.

Photodocument of Wild Birds of Borneo.

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Edited to add on 18th March 2012:

Many thanks to Master sifu Dave Bakewell, who emailed to highlight my oversight on his February 2009 photographic record of this bird in Kuala Baram. Thus this should read sixth sight record and also not the first photographic record for the island.