Caspian terns liven up our summer shorelines around the Salish Sea with their raspy calls and flashy flights.
A larger member of the gull family, the Caspian stands out with its striking orange-red beak and stylish black crest. When fishing they first hover, then plunge headlong into the surface waters. As a species, terns are among the most famed of world travelers — including the Arctic tern which, over its lifetime of annual migrations, will log distances the equivalent of several round trips to the moon.
Like all our wildlife heritage, they play a part in defining our region and add immeasurable beauty, intriguing personalities and vitality to our lives.
Using pastels, I have added color to a lithographic print I did years ago as a fundraiser for the Nisqually Delta Restoration Project.
— Contributed by Tony Angell
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