Common Tern - Sterna hirundo
Common name: Common Tern
Scientific name: Sterna hirundo
Accession number: 137
Materials: Watercolour on paper
When painted: 1831-1841
"They are very bad walkers, but on the wing their movements are easy and elegant; they skim along, boundingly, with great speed, ascend or descend, .. stop short in an instant, hover in one spot like a hawk, .. with surprising adroitness".