Monday, 7 September 2009

Caspian Tern

Came across this flock of Caspian Terns while waiting for the ferry on Stradbroke Island. There was also a large flock of Pied Oystercatchers with them. As we got closer to the flock, Eastern Curlew and Bar-tailed Godwit flew off. We thought that maybe they have not long arrived back as they were not at this site two days before when we checked it out.

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Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia)




9 comments:

Larry Jordan said...

Great captures Neil! I especially like the first shot with all the Caspian Terns in different poses. It reminds me of people at a party!

Snail said...

Now you've given me the itch to drive down to Cairns to spot waders from the Esplanade!

Neil said...

Thanks Larry it was a bit warm on that day and I think they were trying to stay cool.
Thanks Snail it would be interesting to see what waders you can pick up from your end of Qld.

mick said...

Interesting photos as I only see one or two Caspian Terns at a time here.

Neil said...

Yes Mick I was surprised to see that many as well.

Heather said...

Very nice photos of the Caspians, Neil. They are quite handsome birds!

Neil said...

They are beautiful to see in a large flock.Thanks Heather.

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Must be tern season in Australia! Both you and Mick posting about them although about two different species.

Lovely photos!

Neil said...

Thanks Bob & Cynthia yes it is the start of tern season hope to join Mick soon for a Tern Count at Inskip Point.