Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday 123 - Crested Tern

I involved in a wee bit of work travel early this week, so this will be a brief post.

These birds as Crested Terns - Sterna bergii - and they are the tern I most commonly see.  In some ways these are my 'default' terns and I find others by noticing that they are not this one!

They are rather more relaxed than some other birds and give photographers a better chance to get close to them.

I am also very fond of them because I saw some on my very first day in Australia!








The flight shots were all taken near Queenscliff and the birds sitting on the jetty are at Swan bay.

Now its over to you - click the blue button and away you go.


38 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

such cool birds! love their 'attitude'. great flight shots, too!

Kerri Farley said...

What a lovely bird! Great shots!

Findlay Wilde said...

I could spend hours watching Terns flying.

Linda W. said...

Great photos of the birds in flight!

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful flight shots!

EG CameraGirl said...

I love to watch terns flying over a harbour!

Nette Cecilia said...

Terns means summer to me .Lovley photos ,Nette

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful birds and terrific captures as always, Stewart!! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

beautiful birds

I love when I see them mixing with gulls on the beach...like the hippies slumming with the beat nicks -laugh

Sharon Wagner said...

The color is so pretty in those shots. Terns deserve their turn in the spotlight!

Revrunner said...

Turn, tern, turn! :-)

Frank said...

I recall seeing Lesser Crested in 2005 but I guess this version is much bigger.
Excellent shots Stewart.

Ela said...

Lovely birds ! Great pictures !

Marie said...

They are gorgeous shots. I really love terns since I saw fairy terns in Midway as a child. They endeared terns to me, but also birds in general!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Love the last image! Comical yet sweet!

Phil Slade said...

Tremendous shots Stewart. Everything is spot on with exposure, sharpness and colour.

Brian King said...

Fantastic flight shots! I love the last photo with the head tilt!

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful flight shots Stewart...

Lee said...

A feeling of peace came over me while looking at these photos. :)

Andrea Priebe said...

I love the aerodynamics of the Terns ... they are so swift and sleek. These are beautiful and I am glad to see that the Crested Tern has a crest while the Whiskered Tern seems whiskerless. My favorite is the little cockeyed Tern in the last picture. She(he) is turning her head like my Izzi does when she is trying to make sense of what I am saying to her. You see, even my dog knows I am goofy :) Great shots, Stewart. Hope your busy week went well ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Pat Tillett said...

Very handsome birds. Also, very streamlined. Great photos Stewart.

Mary Hone said...

What great looking birds!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I love terns and these posed beautifully for you on land. And I am envious of the flight shots. So good.

Margaret Adamson said...

A lovely Tern and all these shots are great. Love the up turned head in the last shot.

Adam Jones said...

They are great birds and always a joy to watch in flight. Super shots.

Arija said...

Terns are such elegant birds. Great flight shots.

Irma said...

Hi Stewart,
Beautiful series of pictures of the Crested Tern.
Perfect fly images.
Greetings Irma

bailey-road.com said...

Handsome birds. Love those flight shots.

Susan (ABON) said...

Excellent shots of these lovely birds, Stewart!

pattisjarrett said...

These are beautiful. I like the tousled look of the crown. Thanks for hosting!

Bethany Carson said...

They look like very graceful birds in flight!

Linda said...

Such clear views of this graceful tern!

Mike said...

Beautiful shots. I saw my first terns just last summer - but saw a lot of them. Wonderful birds.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

They are beautiful shore birds and strike a nice pose for photos! Enjoy your week! Diane

ladyfi said...

It's your tern! Nice shots.

Camila Rafaela Felippi said...

Beautiful bird!
This week when I woke up in the morning I heard a peep. I thought it was nothing, then I heard it again. I opened the apartment door and saw a little bird (not so little). Probably he went out the window and couldn't climb out. Then I picked up him after three attempts and blurted him out the window. He was so happy!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful birds. I love the last shot. :-)

Seraphina´s Phantasie said...

Marvelous photos of this wonderful birds.
Best regards, Synnöve