Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Wild Bird Wednesday 365 - Brown Noddy

WBW is back on Lord Howe Island this week - although I am in central Australia, many miles from the internet and probably a bit tired after a few days walking!

Anyway, these bird are called the Brown or Common Noddy (Anous stolidus) and they are pretty common on LHI.  I was a vert hot day when I took these pictures and the birds were pretty much content to stay still and not get too hot!

I think the bird with the piece of sponge is showing some form of courtship behaviour, although most birds were already deep into the breeding season.  Maybe this bird is just an optimist!








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17 comments:

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Very nicely composed images. Their eyes really stand out!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

It is a very beautiful tern, Stewart, and to have them so close is a real bonus.

Sharon Wagner said...

The blue background shot is lovely. Happy trails!

Rhodesia said...

Lovely shots, well done. I had to look up why they are called Noddies and found this out, both sexes constantly dip their heads during their breeding display. I have learnt something new, thank you.
Cheers Diane.

JP @ A Quiet Corner said...

They resemble my Doves so much, Stewart. In fact, when I looked at the photos, I thought Doves....:)jp

Yamini MacLean said...

hari om
I would put these birds into the 'cute' category! YAM xx

italiafinlandia said...

They look like a halfway between blackbirds and doves and some water birds...
Thanks for sharing.

Cloudia said...

Thanks

Brian King said...

I don't think I've seen these before. Very subtle plumage, but handsome.

Millie and Walter said...

I love the shot with the water in the background. That blue is a perfect backdrop for those birds.

Marie Smith said...

Interesting looking birds. So much brown is not common among the birds I see here.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

They look like a gull and a pigeon once did the woohoo

Anne (cornucopia) said...

I agree with the previous comment: they remind me of both a pigeon and a shore bird. Great photos Stewart.

This N That said...

They have the coloring of a dove..sorta pigeon like except for their bills...great pictures..no birdies to share this week..

Lea said...

When I looked up the Brown Noddy, I discovered we have them here in North America on islands off the coast of Florida!
Thanks for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday!

Linda said...

Nice photos. Noddy is a cute name.

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Not a common bird to us, lovely to see your photos