Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 357 - Grey Ternlet

Back to Lord Howe Island for WBW this week.

On what was a very calm day, we went out to have a look at Balls Pyramid, which is a rock stack about 20km southeast of LHI.  It is a remarkable piece of rock sitting in the Pacific Ocean.

As we drew close to the Pyramid a small number of Grey Ternlets (Procelsterna albivitta) began to fly around the boat.  They never came very close, but against the clear blue sky I was able to get some nice images.  (I almost always prefer to give the birds a bit of space in my pictures.)






Once we got to the Pyramid itself the birds came closer, but the swell around the rocks made the whole photographic thing much harder.





The above sequence of threes pictures was taken as a bird was flying towards me - I rather like them.
The Grey Ternlet is a pelagic species which I think I was pretty lucky to be able to see without sea-sickness being involved!

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20 comments:

  1. They are certainly very graceful in flight.

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  2. Fantastic bird Stewart. The pelagic birds are wonderful.

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  3. Fabulous new bird to me. Great shots. Thanks for hosting \Stewart and have a wonderful week ahead.

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  4. A new one to me Stewart. I was trying to relate this bird to a family I know, but failed. Not a gull, not a tern, but more like a hirundine with those pointy short wings.

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  5. Fabulous photos of this bird in flight! Great!

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  6. Beautiful in flight photos Stewart.

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  7. The photographs may not be your most perfect, but I bet the experience was fantastic.

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  8. Hari Om
    As one who constantly struggles to get any half-decent shot of any bird, even your worst beats many of my 'best'!!! That ternlet is totally posing for you, I swear! YAM xx

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  9. Beautiful photos! Love the blue sky!

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  10. The sky blue enhances everything!

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  11. Beautiful birds abd interesting to read about their behavior patterns. and the flight shots are especially wonderful.

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  12. Beautiful! Both the bird and the photos!

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  13. Wonderful pictures of them in flight..so graceful...especially against that blue sky..Hope you are having a great week..

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  14. Excellent pictures of him flying.

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  15. Beautiful captures under perfectly blue skies!

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  16. I can almost feel the boat rocking ...

    Great photographs, Stewart! This is a new bird for me. I really like the shots of the Ternlet flying in to check you out. Very nice!

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  17. I really like this Ternlet. You got some great flying shots also. cheers, Nora

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