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Common Tern - Sterna hirundo

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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".

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