Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 111- Bridled Tern

It came as more than a bit of a surprise to find out that there was a Bridled Tern in semi-permanent residence on the Farne Islands - and it came as an even greater surprise when I managed to get some half decent images of the bird.

The Bridled Tern does breed in the area known as the Western Palearctic - but only in the Middle east, and then not in huge numbers.  It also occurs around much of the north coast of Australia.

I have seen reports that suggest that this bird was from a breeding population in the Caribbean, that had become lost (or simply gone the wrong way - taken a wrong tern??) during migration.

Whatever its origin, this bird was well off of its local patch - just like me at the time really!

So this bird - Strena anaethetus (or Onychoprion anaethetus after a name change) - may have recognised a fellow wanderer and come out to see me!  However, it seemed to like hiding behind vegetation when I saw it.  I almost scored some good "in-flight" shots - but they are a little too blurred for public consumption.

I have since found out that this is only about the 40th time this bird has been recorded in the UK - so, its probably my first image of a bit of a mega bird!





So, this unexpected guest was a real bonus bird on the Farne Island trip.

Now (as ever) it's over to you - click away to join in.

44 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

a very sharp looking bird! congrats!

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I do agree with Tex!! A handsome fellow indeed!!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I know just how you feel. I posted about a bird found in Texas that is from the UK!!! Just this past week on http://id-rather-b-birdin.blogspot.com

I am excited for you, and think it's a terrific bird - GREAT photos.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

That is interesting how both you and the bird "wandered" into each others' path. That happened to me twice (and almost three times). Most interesting was an Ivory Gull that showed up on the New Jersey coast while I was there for a funeral. Also got a report of Piratic Flycatcher while driving through New Mexico to visit our son's family and made a 30 minute detour to find it. Dipped on a Loggerhead Kingbird while we happened to spending a couple of nights in Key West. Missed it by 5 minutes and never seen again!

Irma said...

Beautiful birds and perfect focus.
Very well photographed, Stewart.
Best regards, Irma

Sharon Wagner said...

I get quite a few shots too not quite right for public consumption. Ha! You are having quite the adventure.

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful photos of this beautiful bird. Congratulations on the sighting.

Chris Rohrer said...

What a thrill! And a beautiful set of pics. I love when stray birds fly our way:) Congrats!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Awesome sighting of this handsome bird!

Frank said...

Always fun to stumble across a rarity. Super images Stewart.

Marie said...

Fantastic shots. What a delightful surprise!

Mama Zen said...

You got some great shots!

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, awesome sighting! Congrats on seeing this rare visitor! Great photos! Thanks for hosting!

Phil Slade said...

You got some terrific shots there Stewart. Did you tell fellow twitchers you'd travelled from Australia to see the tern? they would have been mightily impressed.

mick said...

Terns are always interesting to me and one so far off track is extra interesting! Great you could see and photograph it.

totakeajourney said...

Great series of shots Stewart, unlike you I only manage to come across the same birds when we are out.

Christian Weiß said...

A beauitful bird and great photos.

Karen said...

How cool Stewart! You were in the right place at the right time.

orchid Miyako said...

I DO wish to see more birds around my area p:) Congratulations on your handsome birdie and Thank you very much for hosting.

Sincerely from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Brian King said...

Congratulations! I love how the stripe runs right through the eyes! Very nice looking tern!

Stuart Price said...

A nice bird to add to your UK list!

Susan (ABON) said...

Lucky you, congratulations! Your images are great of this beautiful bird!

Janice Adcock said...

Congratulations the surprise find. Good wishes, janice

June Caedmon said...

Stellar shots, Stewart! What a great opportunity for you!

Small City Scenes said...

Wow Lucky you. It is a beautiful Tern. Now what will become of it? Will it find it's way back to where it should be?
MB

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

I guess I should learn a little bit more about the critters I snap. Maybe get a lot more appreciation for them...as when I read your explanations.

Kudos

Roan said...

He's extremely handsome. Love the"wrong tern". Thanks for the smile!

Breathtaking said...

Congratulations on this rare sighting. Lovely series of shots.

Justyna Kierat said...

Aaah, in Collins bird guide it's labeled as a "three-star rarity"! Congratulations! Did you report it somewhere to any ornitological organizations? If so, does the Tern have visitors (birdwatchers) now? :)))

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I really love the stripe along the eye. Beautiful bird ad beautiful shots.

Justyna Kierat said...

I see there was an adult Bridled Tern observed in Germany a month ago. Maybe it's the same individual on the trip to Europe :)

Photo (yours are much better) http://www.club300.de/photo/zuegelseeschwalbe_698515.jpg

Recent records of this species http://www.birdguides.com/species/species.asp?tx=703

Ida said...

How exciting to capture a mega-bird like that one. It's really a very handsome bird. My favorite shot you got was the 2nd one.

Liz said...

You got some awesome images there Stewart! Well done.

Wally Jones said...

Outstanding karma, Stewart! For both you AND the Tern!

Brilliant images of a really handsome Tern.

Sorry to have been absent of late. Will try to do better.

Enjoy the upcoming weekend!

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

Looks like a fun bird to try and capture! You did a wonderful job! I like the one where it is walking, seems comical. A most beautiful bird!

Linda said...

A wrong tern? Are puns allowed in a bird blog? ;-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He's a lovely little guy. (I have found it is nearly impossible not to pun when posting about terns.)

I have so many Alaska birds and so little internet connection. Be back someday soon!!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

He's a lovely little guy and kind of funny with his cross-wise tail feathers. (It really is nearly impossible not to pun when posting about terns.)

I have so many Alaska birds and so little internet connection. Be back someday soon!!!

Mary Cromer said...

Great looking bird the Bridled Tern. I am happy that I was finally able to arrive to check out everything on Wildbird Wednesday~

A Quiet Corner said...

Awesome close ups, Stewart! I can never get close to terns when I'm at the beach...:)JP

Phyllis Oller said...

What a cool find! In the right place at the right time. Great pictures, thanks for hosting! Phyllis

Adam Jones said...

Stewart, I'm very jealous of your shots. I didn't manage to see it but I was following it's stay on Farne. Your shots are superb. Great timing by you of your visit!

CabinGirl said...

Congrats on not only seeing the bird but capturing such sharp images of it. What a stunning bird!

Lee said...

He looks like quite a serious fellow. :)