This post is for World Bird Wednesday.
While I was out at Inskip Point the other day I watched a small flock of terns that were roosting on the point. There were three of the six species that are often here.
A Caspian Tern (Hydropogne caspia) on the left and a Crested Tern (Sterna bergii) on the right. Both of these terns stay in Australia all year.
A Crested Tern on the left and a Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) on the right. The Common Tern migrates down here for the summer.
Most of the Crested Terns are still away in breeding colonies on off-shore islands but some have already raised their young and are starting to come back here. I saw three very young birds. One of the juveniles was still begging for food from an adult. By the time they come back here they are able to look after themselves but some persist in begging for food from a parent. The parent bird does not seem to take much notice of them!