18th November 2009
Correction - This is a Whiskered Tern instead of Aleutian Tern corrected by Chris Kehoe :) Thanks a lot my friend hehehe :o
New record for Sabah, first seen on the 11th September 2009 between Sipadan and Mabul Island on the East Coast and photographed by my friend, Wong Tsu Shi. And recently after recovered from my fever, spent few hours around the fish market and at the Waterfront and managed to grabbed few in flight shots of this pretty looking bird mixing with Whiskered and White-winged Tern.
Taken with Nikon D300s and 70-200 2.8 VR lens. Cropped 50% and processed with Capture NX2.
Dark trailing edges to under wing secondaries is the main ID for this bird.
Aleutian Tern (Onychoprion aleuticus) in non-breeding plumage.
Happy birding folks hehehe :)