Once a readily accessible sighting at Kommetjie on the Cape Peninsula, this enigmatic and medium sized tern of the Southern Ocean, is proving to be increasingly difficult to locate along the Atlantic coast north of Cape Town due to coastal housing developments and regular disturbance within bays and coves favoured in the past as roosting sites.

Antarctic Tern - breeding

Antarctic Tern – breeding

Plumages phases within the roost vary considerable from non-breeding through to full breeding dress shortly before departure around late September.

Antarctic Tern - non-breeding

Antarctic Tern – non-breeding

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