These pictures were taken during one of my favourite parts of my birding trip to Lord Howe Island. As a group, we had walked along a picture perfect beach and visited a breeding colony of Black Noddys. After ten or 15 minutes all of the rest of the group left to go and watch some Sooty Terns. That left me and the Noddys all to ourselves.
If wildlife photography needs one thing (apart from a bit of luck), it's stillness. I set the camera on a tripod and just stood and waited. After a while the birds starting feeding their chicks. Small faces would appear from under the sitting adult, and small silver fish would be hacked up by the adult in response to the demands on the young. In a few cases, a strand of clear but slimy stuff would linger between the adult and the chick. Connected indeed.
The formal name of this bird - Anous minutus - refers to the fact that it smaller than the Brown (or Common) Noddy. One of the other differences between this species and the Brown Noddy is that this species actually builds a nest, where as Brown Noddys just (at best) place a few bits and pieces on a bush and lay eggs there.
I'm up to my ears in work and other such stuff so I may be a little slow in responding over the next couple of weeks. But I will get there in the end!
Now click on the blue button and off you go into the world of WBW!
What a treat to see! So glad you had them to yourself, and thanks for the explaining the clear, slimy stuff. Carry on.ReplyDelete
Oh Stewart, these are just amazing. Those "baby pictures" made me gasp ! So glad you stayed behind the group. Thanks for hosting and sharing these wonders especially when you're so busy!ReplyDelete
Such a lovely bird, and how wonderful to see it on the nest!ReplyDelete
Hello Stewart, what a great sighting of these pretty birds on the nest. The baby is adorable. Wonderful series of photos.ReplyDelete
Happy Tuesday, enjoy the week ahead!
Your patience and stillness were indeed rewarded. What a lovely bird and great series of photos!ReplyDelete
Wow! What a striking bird! Love the plumage and the light colored "helmet"!ReplyDelete
A beautiful bird and awesome captures, Stewart!! WOW!!! Indeed!! I hope you have a great weekend!! Enjoy, camera in hand, of course!!ReplyDelete
Brilliant photos Stewart and what a lovely bird indeed.ReplyDelete
very striking looking bird!ReplyDelete
They are certainly handsome birds. It is interesting how the small chicks already resemble adult plumage. Would love to see one in the wild!ReplyDelete
Special and intimate moments in the wild!!! YAM xx
Your pictures are quite special Stewart. I can't imagine that Lord Howe island is on many "must see" lists, but birders always have a special reason to visit such places. Great pictures - wish I could visit the same place.ReplyDelete
Thanks for hosting once again.
Hello Stewart!:) Wow!! What a great looking bird, and how fantastic to see it in the nest feeding the chick. Another superb series!:)ReplyDelete
Uncertain about the ID of the bird in my post,could be a Nightingale.
Great shots of a bird that I have never seen. DianeReplyDelete
Patience paid off! You got some fantastic photos of the mom and chick. And I love the name of this bird.ReplyDelete
What an amazing series. You have the patience of a saint, Stewart and it sure paid off for you this time. Watching the parents feed their young, I bet that doesn't happen often. And, what's a little mucousy string between family members :0! The bird has a rather severe look, but very handsome at the same time. You do get the best pictures and 99% of the time it is of birds I have never heard of. Well, as you are busy, I won't keep you tied up with my babble. Have a great week and thanks for all you do.ReplyDelete
Andrea @ From The Sol
What a stunning bird!ReplyDelete
Fantastic photos Stewart. These have just featured on David Attenborough's latest series here in the UK.ReplyDelete
What a striking looking bird, Stewart! It's very sleek and sharp looking!ReplyDelete
Oh what amazing photos! Absolutely gorgeous birds! I love all the inter-action with the chick! Wow!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous, dramatic looking bird. That is very lucky to see the baby!ReplyDelete
Wonderful bird! The light "cap" adds to its elegant appearance. Those little ones are adorable!ReplyDelete
Great images of a very handsome bird.ReplyDelete
Thanks Stewart! After reading your post and looking at your photos I went back and checked the ones I took on Lady Elliot Island.I am sure those Noddies were sitting on nests - although many of them looked pretty basic. It certainly seems a great way to help ID the birds. Great info!ReplyDelete
These shots are amazing. You are so fortunate to see them on their nest and with young. Thanks for hossting.ReplyDelete
What a wonderful payment for your patience.ReplyDelete
Stewart, great captures, especially the young. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Nice captures. Now I feel like an expert of NoddiesReplyDelete
Amazing pictures Stewart..What an experience..Thanks for sharing..Such fun..Always great to find active nests and photograph them..ReplyDelete
Nice capture of the baby bird!!!ReplyDelete
These are fantastic!ReplyDelete
What a beautiful bird...elegant, in fact!...:)JPReplyDelete
Wonderful pictures! Love the baby bird!ReplyDelete
Lovely pictures of a beautiful bird!ReplyDelete
wow, that is a beautiful bird and so great to be able to see the chick. Stunning images to :) Congratulations to this one :)ReplyDelete
hahahah... love the look on its face in the second picture....ReplyDelete
I don't know if it's patience or persistence that pays off for us in trying for photos either..... some days a bit of luck helps too.... but, you definitely have to wait them out don't you?
WOW!! What a fantastic series! What beautiful moments you have captured here with adults and chicks. That must have been such a treat!ReplyDelete