These birds are Grey Ternlets - Procelsterna cerulea. The images of this bird in my field guide do not do it justice, as it is shown with a rather bulky beak, and while you can see hints of this in my pictures I think the bird looks rather graceful. In fact, the way these birds have been captured here reminds me of swifts.
Theses birds are small - although not the smallest terns - at about 28cm long. Unfortunately they are classed as endangered, although there were good numbers of them around the pyramid.
This final, and rather cropped shot, shows a flock of these birds which managed to always stay just too far from the boat - although the picture does show the 'compact flocks dip and flutter over surface near breeding islands' that is also mentioned in my guide book.
And now you know what comes next - click the blue button and off you go.
As a special favour to me, could you try to think of 1 or 2 bloggers who would be able to post here and invite them along - it would be good to start 2016 with a bang! Cheers SM
Hello, Stewart, I have never heard of a Ternlet. They are pretty birds, I think your photos are great from a moving boat. Thank you for hosting, enjoy your week!ReplyDelete
Stewart, those little terns are beautiful...so graceful. Your bird guide should se your photos instead of the unflattering picture they have!ReplyDelete
Great looking birds! Love the pointed wings and those fan-shaped tails!ReplyDelete
flying birds hard to photograph, but tons of fun to watch.ReplyDelete
Happy New Year, Stewart! An interesting species, and too funny about actually being too close that you had to zoom out. All the best for 2016!ReplyDelete
It's hard to capture wildlife from a boat, great job!ReplyDelete
Beautiful and delicate little birds. I wonder if their habit of flocking so densely may put them at risk of a common catastrophe, as contributed to the demise of the Passenger Pigeons.ReplyDelete
Great photos! Always enjoy your photos / birds. So different form my backyard list. :)ReplyDelete
Happy New Year! Thanks for hosting!
They really are stunning terns.ReplyDelete
Hi Stewart, I have never heard of a ternlet! What awesome images as always. I'm sorry they're classed as endangered. Thanks for hosting this meme. I'm linking up tomorrow (Wednesday) when my post goes live. Greetings. JoReplyDelete
they are lovely flyers!ReplyDelete
You always get the best shots of birds in flight!ReplyDelete
Beautiful ternlets and your photos show them as very graceful in flight. This is another one I would like to see!ReplyDelete
Just a beautiful water bird! Love it's graceful lines. Great shots even from a rocking boat!ReplyDelete
You did manage to get great shots of these Gray Ternlets (Another bird I've never heard of). I don't know how you do it, though! I can barely get some shots on solid ground! Thanks for hosting and sharing your birds with us.ReplyDelete
I agree. These birds do look very graceful and you did a good job photographing them from a moving boat. Thanks for hosting.ReplyDelete
Great shots under the circumstances. A nose looking bird too.ReplyDelete
Love the bird....and especially the panoramic scene of them in flight over the water!ReplyDelete
Love these in flight shots, beautiful, DianeReplyDelete
It could almost make a tongue-twister "A bit of a bird with a bulky beak by the back of the boat". They do look very much like our swallows mainly because of their forked tails, but they do also have a beauty of their own. Sad that such a beautiful bird is so endangered. As always you have captured wonderful pictures even though you may have missed what you thought might be the best shot (Having missed many of my own, I can appreciate the feeling). Seems to me that 2016 is off to a great start :)ReplyDelete
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In the third shot, he looks like an Olympian diver doing a #10 swan dive. These are wonderful. How in the world so you shoot such fine pictures from a bobbling boat?ReplyDelete
Very graceful in flight.ReplyDelete
Freedom, pure freedom....ReplyDelete
I had never heard of a "Ternlet"..great shots Stewart...I'll see what I can do about finding "new blood" but we seem to have a lot of the same followers...You, way more than I...Hope you are having a good week..ReplyDelete
Happy New Year Stewart! Great flight shots of these birds!ReplyDelete
Beautiful shots of lovely little birds. I so enjoy all the unusual -to- me birds you have introduced me to in your blog. Happy New Year.ReplyDelete
Love seeing them in flight!ReplyDelete
Boa tarde, gostei de conhecer esta pela pagina, as fotos são de excelência a congelar o movimento, são belas com qualidade.ReplyDelete
Interesting birds and stunning photos.ReplyDelete
The pix are super but I really love the close ups so I can see their tails!...:)JPReplyDelete
Wow what great photos! If you come across too many wild birds, check out bird removal NJReplyDelete
a beautiful bird I have yet to see. And, I recognize your situation. Happened to me a few times too.ReplyDelete
These Grey Ternlets look so graceful. I tried to catch dolphin shots from a small boat on windy water a few years ago, so I have an idea of the challenges. Same thing, too, with one that came so close, my big lens was too much. You did great with these.ReplyDelete