This morning I am joining in a new birding meme called Bird D'pot which has just started over at I'D-Rather-B-Birdin. Thanks to Anni and I hope this meme keeps going for a long time.
After more than a week of grey skies, drizzly rain and weather that hasn't seemed like Queensland at all - this morning was bright and sunny. I was out early to take advantage of the conditions - especially as the Bureau of Meteorology is warning of showers again tomorrow and for the next few days at least!
I arrived at Inskip Point a little after sunrise and it was beautiful! Both these next photos were taken looking south across Pelican Bay.
There were only a few birds on the point. A group of Terns were the most noticeable. Some of them were flying out over the ocean and diving for fish but they then came back into shore and roosted with others on the northern edge of the Point.
Most of the Terns were Crested Terns (Sterna bergii) which are still in non-breeding plumage and still looking rather 'scruffy'!
I also saw three Caspian Terns (Hydropogne caspia).
There were a group of five Common Terns (Sterna Hirundo). During the summer I see thousands of these terns here after they have migrated south from Asia where they breed. The Common Terns I saw this morning must have decided not to migrate north this year and were all in non-breeding plumage with the distinctive dark carpal bar.