Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Wild Bird Wednesday 176 - Brown (or Common) Noddy

I may get into trouble here with any passing taxonomists, but I was introduced to this rather elegant dark tern as a Brown Noddy, but I have since found it referred to as a Common Noddy.  I will have to check what the most recent guide books say - but at present I will stay on first name terms.

The Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) is about 40 cm long - and most of the ones I saw on Lord Howe were loafing about on the beach.  Their dark colour and the bright light from both above and reflected from the sand was a bit of a challenge all in all - there was much fiddling of camera setting on my behalf.  The birds were very accommodating - if you follow this link you can see just how accommodating I mean!

The name given to this bird is not really flattering - with Noddy being a bit of an insult and its formal name meaning 'really stupid bird' - I'm not making this up!  Seems a bit harsh if you ask me.

Anyway, apart from loafing on the beach they also seem to have a commitment to looking scenic with mountains in the background and an equal commitment to making sure that there their species will still be there next year.

All of these pictures were taken on North Beach on a wonderfully sunny day!










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37 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

They are handsome with white on their heads to contrast with their brown bodies and wings.

Sylvia K said...

A handsome bird indeed and I've never seen one like it!! The white on his head really does make him stand out!! Terrific captures as always !! I hope your week is going well!!

NatureFootstep said...

A wonderful bird I had the pleasure to see in Queensland. I only wished we had more time. They were fun to watch. Thanks for sharing. :)

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

They couldn't have just called them Black Gulls!?

Shameful naturalists. Shameful.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Stewart, it is a handsome bird. Great photos, I love the scenic mountain background too.
Thanks for hosting, enjoy your week!

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

The brown noddy is like a little crow. And I agree about the name. The bird I linked up is the brown creeper and I thought they could have come up with something a bit more creative. Thank you for hosting.

Silver Parrot said...

Very handsome bird - love the contrast of the silver head against the darker body. Someone should have a talk with whoever named birds in the past - they seem to have stuck some pretty awful names on some very nice-looking birds. Two of my least favorite names here are "Common Yellowthroat" (bright yellow with a black mask like a raccoon and VERY tough to photograph - so fast!) and "Orange-crowned Warbler" (try as I might...I have yet to see even a hint of orange on one of these birds LOL)

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

You certainly exhibited the subtle shades of brown. I see two lenticular clouds over the mountain peaks in the background. I rarely saw any of these when I lived in the mountains of New Mexico.

Missy George said...

Sorta looked like a crow until I saw it's head..Love the shading of it's feathers..nice scenery..Hope you are having a good week..

Jo said...

Oh that is a harsh name reason for such a lovely bird. And I followed Ian Hutton's link and see what you mean about the birds being accommodating. Thanks for sharing this unusual bird with me. I'll link up tomorrow (Wednesday) Thanks for hosting this meme, Stewart. Greetings, Jo

Phil Slade said...

I can appreciate how challenging the camera settings were Stewart. Dark bird, dark eye, bright light, sandy background - the stuff of photography nightmares. Not to worry as your pictures are super - especially like the low level ones against the dark blue sky.

Findlay Wilde said...

Great pictures of these birds. That silvery head looks great against the brown body and the scenery behind them looks spectacular.

Sharon Wagner said...

Holy Cow! Post card worthy shots. Stunning!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

Beautiful birds! They should have been given a pretty name as well. :-)

Margaret Adamson said...

A fantastic bird to see and your images are wonderful. I am off tomorrow to Malawi. Have now heard that Daniel has 2 fracture in his face. Thanks for hosting.

My Life in the Charente said...

Interesting bird and love that white on their heads. Diane

Cloudia said...

Dramatic, sharp shots!






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orchid Miyako said...

Good Morning from Japan; Wow handsome and brave looking bird♪ As you might guess, I had no idea about the name;I think these gorgeous birds deserve different name :-)
Sincerely from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Linley S said...

Great shots Stewart

John @ Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Ooooo...I like picture #6!

Brian King said...

Not sure why it was given a name inferring it's stupid, but the bird is handsome! Love the photos! The background in a couple of them is fantastic!

TexWisGirl said...

quite pretty!

pattisjarrett said...

It looks like the birds were not the only ones hanging out at the beach! That was a real close-up you shared in the link. Quite an interesting-looking bird. Thanks for sharing, and hosting.

Linda W. said...

Great photos of the bird - especially the ones with blue sky in the background.

Lea said...

Great photos!
Interesting how the white on top of their heads echo the clouds over the mountains in the background.

June Caedmon said...

They don't look stupid, lol! That dark eye patch actually makes them look a bit scholarly. Great shot, Stewart!

Liz said...

Well, I think he is a gorgeous bird and definitely unworthy of his name! You have some fabulous images here Stewart! I love them all but the ones with the landscape behind really add an extra something!

Chris Rohrer said...

I'm loving the habitat behind the Noddy. What a beautiful bird!

Marie C said...

Absolutely beautiful birds! Love their coloring...shame about the name! Great photos, Stewart!

CountryMouse said...

A very smooth looking dude. Looks like he had some smooth moves too.

Adam Tilt said...

Stunning photos Stewart. Not often you get a backdrop like that against which to photograph.

Andrea Priebe said...

Well seeing you lying there less then a foot from the Brown Noddy, I would say maybe stupid works, but then, I would prefer tame. They are a rather handsome bird and apparently the males and females like each other's company. I love the Terns. They have an angular, artsy look to them. You did well with this set of pictures given that the birds were quite happy to pose for you.

I will not apologize for being late this time because, it is, after all, Wednesday in the States though I assume it is Thursday where you are. I am in a state of Christmas panic. An annual affair here because I am not good at planning ahead ... but I never miss visiting your WBW. It is one of my favorite routines :) Be well, Stewart.

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Lee said...

Handsome fellows...birds of a feather flocking together! :)

Barbara/myth maker said...

Wow, Stewart, these are really some excellent shots.

Adam Jones said...

That's great looking bird. It reminds me of a Tern.

David Gascoigne said...

It's a great series of photographs. It's always really rewarding to come across these dark terns that look so different from the "usual" terns. I have come across this species at sea but never on land. Lord Howe Island was good to you!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos!!! And I see what you mean about the mountain back drop. Fantastic!