Laying an egg and raising chicks on a bare branch without the slightest hint of a nest is just so unbelievable. When I was there first, there were no chicks really making themselves seen. (You can see the pictures here). Six weeks later there were chick to been seen.
|Adult with chick|
|Adult with chick|
|White Tern Chick|
|White Tern Chick|
This is a slightly larger chick - this one belongs to a different pair of adults than the one above. As you can see from the angle of my shot, this one is a little over head hight, but was right next to the road. Unfortunately, this chick did not make it through the week while I could watch it. I found (what was left of) its body below this branch one morning. Given that there are no cats on the island, the key suspects in this case are probably the rats on the island.
The chicks that survive grow quickly and shed the fluff! But they do gain ginger 'smudges' on their plumage.
|Juvenile White Tern|
All of these pictures - but especially the flight shots - look better bigger - so, click on the images to enlarge them.
And now, for the 190th time, it's your turn. Click on the blue button and off you go.
Great post. Well done!!!ReplyDelete
Hi Stewart.From here on the other side of the world I hear - oohs and aaahs!ReplyDelete
It seems remarkable that some quirk of evolution made the species nest on open branches like that. Presumably there were ground preadators but not many predators in total to take such risks.
It's an absolute beauty. Superb shots Stewart.ReplyDelete
These birds were gorgeous the first time you shared them and are even more so in this post - the babies are so cute!ReplyDelete
Remarkable and beautiful birds, and a very interesting narrative.ReplyDelete
Stunners! YAM xx
Those chicks MELT MY HEART!!!!ReplyDelete
Brilliant series! Well timed, well done.ReplyDelete
Excellent flight shots and very intriguing nesting location.ReplyDelete
A really beautiful bird. Small fluffy chick is cute. Here, the tree sparrow nest start making nest boxes. How did they survive in the snow and freezing temperatures.ReplyDelete
These photos are so extraordinary Stewart. I think these are my favorite photos! I like the little tiny chick.ReplyDelete
This is one of the most stunning blogs you have done. Thanks for spending the time to capture all those beautiful images and to tell us about the birds.ReplyDelete
Hello Stewart!:) Wow! How lovely these White Terns are! Your enlarged photos of them in flight are truely breathtaking. A very enlightening post about their nesting habits and all your images are fantastic,...loved seeing the chicks.ReplyDelete
I'm amazed daily by the beauty in nature. Understanding the cycle of life doesn't help accepting such a cute thing dying so early though :(ReplyDelete
Lovely and cute fluffy birds!ReplyDelete
Beautiful birds! The chick is adorable.ReplyDelete
What breathtaking images, Stewart, Thanks for sharing the nesting photos and the ones of the birds in flight are always so beautiful to me as well. Thanks for hosting this meme. I'll link with my post tomorrow (Wednesday). Greetings JoReplyDelete
Those little fluffy chicks are adorable! Great photos!ReplyDelete
The chicks are adorable and they don't appear disturbed by your presence.ReplyDelete
Very striking plumage and the chicks are little fuzzballs! Great flight shots!ReplyDelete
They are stunning birds ... Pure white really is beautiful. Crazy that they seem so elegant and yet behave in ways that seem so sloppy in their nesting habits. (But I am humanizing again. (I still can't spell that better word that starts with an "A" even though I just used it in a post. )ReplyDelete
What beautiful birds! I love Terns. The chicks are extremely cute and your flight shots are wonderful!ReplyDelete
190 WBW linkups is quite an achievement! Thanks for hosting.
Outstanding photos of a very lovely selection of birds, Stewart!ReplyDelete
And, some sharp beaks they have!!
Really enjoyed this post - thanks for hosting.
Have a Happy Day!
Congratulations on the White stern! Great shots! Photos of the chick are so beautiful!ReplyDelete
Fabulous shots of the terns. I didn't realise how white they were. The chicks are scruffy cute.ReplyDelete
Cute chicks, and the in-flight photos are wonderful!ReplyDelete
It is not hard to imagine why these beautiful Terns are a favorite. Their color (or lack thereof) accentuates their aerodynamic form ... they are simply beautiful. And as for the babies ... someone needs to invent a word for cuter than cute. Sad that one didn't make it, but that is nature for you. It always tests my patience by it's killing ways ... but, I have learned to accept that as the way to keep the balance. If man would just keep his greedy ways out of the balance, our world would be a better place. Wonderful post, Stewart, and I see we have started the count down to #200. Hard to imagine, but quite an accomplishment.ReplyDelete
Andrea @ From The Sol
Sweet Baby Terns! Great Shots!ReplyDelete
What beautiful birds...and how interesting about their nests and chicks! Love the Terns in flight!!ReplyDelete
Wonderful shots Stewart..Beautiful birds..Love the chicks!!ReplyDelete
Incredible photos, Stewart! Oh what lovely birds! How sad about the little juvenile! It was great the other nest was so accessible, but I sure hope those chicks make it! I've always wondered why cardinals don't die out...they nest very low and there are always cats! (In this case, probably rats). Sad.ReplyDelete
Stunning photos and I just love the chicks. The eyeshadow looks quite heavy :-) Have a ggod day DianeReplyDelete
gorgeous! precious chicks.ReplyDelete
Spectacular shots, Stewart! The chicks are just adorable!ReplyDelete
Stewart, I never knew there even were White Terns!! I will say that I am looking forward to seeing some of the birds of Aruba while on vacation...:)JPReplyDelete
What beautiful birds! And in every stage, too. The chicks are adorable! Sorry to hear one chick didn't make it. I know a large number of young birds don't survive, but it's kind of sad.ReplyDelete
Beauties Stewart! Beauties!ReplyDelete
The chicks are adorable and your in flight pics are amazing.ReplyDelete
These are absolutely exquisite! Such a treat to see those little chicks.ReplyDelete
Fantastic post! I'm sorry that the one chick didn't make it.ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh!!! That photo of the chick is adorable! Nature is crazy. You hope for the best and realize that not every bird will make it:(ReplyDelete
Amazing picture Stewart. Right, this bird is remarkable.ReplyDelete
Brilliant and beautiful bird! Fantastic photos!ReplyDelete
I am truly impressed with this. There are certain iconic birds that seem to stick in one's head and I can remember the first nature show on television where I was made aware of their curious habit of laying a single egg on an exposed branch. I would have loved to have been with you to experience this species.ReplyDelete
this is such a beautiful bird. and the chick,, adorable!ReplyDelete
Interesting stuff, how they are raised without a nest! You got great shots; I love the little fluff balls with light shining through their feathers, and your birds in flight are gorgeous. Interesting, too, about the green tint.ReplyDelete