Swift tern

The Swift Tern (Afrikaans name Geelbeksterretjie) is a large Tern with a long, slightly drooped yellow beak, the juvenile having a slightly greenish yellow bill.

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They are endemic to South Africa and can be found in coastal waters and wetlands. They often follow the sardine run up the East Coast.

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We have seen them in Rietvlei and the West Coast National Park

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