This post is for World Bird Wednesday.
I went out to Inskip Point the other day but stopped first at Bullock Point. This is south of Inskip and across Pelican Bay. I was looking almost directly into the sun and Inskip Point was almost indistinguishable from Fraser Island directly behind it. The only thing which really showed where the Point was were the glints of sunlight from the vehicles and the Barge out at the Point. ( All photos enlarge when clicked on. Then you can see the vehicles !)
There were very few shorebirds or sea-birds around that day. The most interesting were a small group of Crested Terns (Sterna bergii) roosting at the edge of the water. Crested Terns stay in this area all year round. The migratory terns have left for the northern hemisphere some time ago. I always think that Crested Terns look really 'scruffy' when they are out of breeding plumage and moulting all their feathers. Their color is patchy and of course that crest on their heads is mostly gone.
The very white bird behind the Crested Terns is a Silver Gull.
The bird in the center of the photo is a young Tern. It still has its juvenile plumage and was still making begging noises at one of the adults.