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Photos Are Copyright Lyn S. Atherton and Clay Kelsey.

This page was last updated on 12/02/01

Elegant Tern--12/2/00, Ft. De Soto Park, Pinellas Co., Florida

Lyn, Gretch Olcott, and Marty Kelley found this Elegant Tern at Ft. DeSoto Park's Gulf Pier on 12/2/00. It was seen sporadically at the park for about a month before it disappeared. This tern was in its first year (based on the extent of dark trailing edge to secondaries), so was not the same as the Elegant which appeared in fall 1999 at Honeymoon Island SRA, establishing FL's first verifiable state record.
 

On 12/22/00, Clay Kelsey located the Elegant Tern at Ft. De Soto Park's North Beach area. With a digital camera, he took the following images through a Questar scope.