Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Terns at Inskip

This post is for World Bird Wednesday.

While I was out at Inskip Point yesterday afternoon I saw a small flock of terns roosting on the sand at the point.
Crested Terns have been away nesting on islands off the coast but this flock had a mixture of birds at all stages. Some were in scruffy looking non-breeding plumage, there were a few that had almost full breeding plumage and there were some very noisy juveniles as well. I also saw two Little Terns which looked extra small standing in among the much larger Crested Terns.
I always think that Crested Terns are extra noisy and this flock was noisy and unsettled. Birds kept flying off and then coming back to rest again. This is a juvenile bird.
This photo shows why the flock was so disturbed. I was focused on the bird that was closer to me but the one in the background has a fish in its beak.

22 comments:

  1. love the top shot with several of them having wings overhead. they're such beauties (since i don't have to listen to their noise!) :)

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  2. Great action shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  3. I could sit and watch these beautiful birds all day.. many thanks for sharing them.

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  4. I always enjoy watching Terns, they are one of my favorite shorebirds. Wonderful photos!

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  5. Beautiful shots, Mick. I love terns!

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  6. Wonderful images. I like the top shot the most.

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  7. Your pics make me dream about sunny waters and bright white flights around me. And that's a beautiful image. Love your flight shots against the sparkling waters.

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  8. great photographs, especially like the one taking off ....

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  9. Beautiful shots of the Terms Mick. The first photo of the flock on the sandbar, some with their wings up and the in-flight shot of the juvenile are my favorites.

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  10. Your weather looks much nicer than ours, Mick. Love the flight shots! The fish in the bill is a nice catch even if you were focused on the other one.

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  11. Hi there - if you want noise, you should try walking through a nest colony banding the chicks! It would cause industrial deafness if you did it every day!

    Nice set of pictures.

    Stewart M - Melbourne.

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  12. Such pretty birds -- love the one in flight. :)

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  13. I posted the Crested Tern a few weeks ago but nothing like these shots!! Love the actions shots, Mick.

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  14. that is really a big difference in size between the terns. Great shots of the little tern. :)

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  15. They are so regal looking. We don't have them here, so enjoy seeing them.

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  16. These are wonderful shots of birds I have never seen..love the one with the fish in the mouth....Michelle

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  17. Like Tex, I love the ones with their wings spread in the first shot.
    Wonderful series!

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  18. They are lovely, and your shots are superb!

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  19. As graceful as they look in flight, on land they seem unproportioned and a little clumsy. Nice shots.

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  20. Wonderful images of the terns, Mick!

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  21. It must be wonderful to watch a big flock relatively close. Yes, noisy fellows, but so beautiful :-)!

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