Judging by the upperwing patterns it looked like a juvenile bird.
I had my fill of the lone tern and headed back to the car passing one of many Great Crested Grebes that call Eglwys home which came in really close to the bank and offered a good photographic opportunity.
Sunday(3.Oct) dawned wet and miserable so a lay-in was in order,I was sorely tempted to watch some of the much interupted Ryder Cup golf in the afternoon but the temptation to go was to great and I headed down to Port Talbot to have a look around the docks area for perhaps a rare gull or tern.
Plenty of the former about but only a single adult Med Gull of note at the sand wharf and too far away to photograph so I thought I'd call in again at Eglwys on my way home.
Upon arrival there were already two birders there with 'scopes up at the West end one of which was Martyn Hnatiuk and the other I think was Graham Roblyn but I couldn't be sure.
Martyn informed me that the Arctic Tern was still there in company with a Black Tern and as we watched them a couple of Little Gulls dropped in out of nowhere and offered the chance of a few record shots.
One was a full adult bird with it's distinctive dark underwing and the other a 1st winter bird with it's equally distinctive bold W pattern on it's upperwing.
The other birder left and Martyn and I chatted for a while mostly about his quest to set a new Glamorgan Year List record before he to decided to call it a day.
Both terns were favouring the West end of the rez and so I moved around to the west side to get the setting sun behind me and managed a few more shots of both birds before the light faded.
I'd gone out with an open mind and after a disappointing hour or two down around the docks Eglwys had yet again delivered and I headed for home more than happy with the "snaps" of the terns with the Little Gulls a really unexpected bonus.