Wednesday 6 January 2021

Wild Bird Wednesday 441 - Caspian Terns

Caspian Terns (Hydroprogne caspia) are a distinctively large tern with an equally large and distinctive red beak.

This group of birds were loafing about near to Swan Bay jetty - a place where I often go to have a look around.  The birds were calm, but nervous (if that makes any sense!).  I would take a slow step closer, and they would take a few slow steps further away.  I suspect it may have been a game.

I tried an indirect approach, where you don't walk directly at the birds, but weave from side to side and move very slowly forward.  They just watched and moved backwards as I moved forwards.

In the end I just stood still and waited.  And so did they!

In the end the flew off - possibly bored of teasing me and eager to find some food.

These are the best pictures I could manage!

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  1. We have Caspian terns here for part of the year. I love to watch then gliding on the breeze.

  2. Interesting to see these birds in Australia. It is quite a common breeding species here and they arrive back fairly early. Gives me shivers thinking of spring just looking at your pictures!

  3. Not sure I have ever seen terns but then I seldom ever see the sea or anywhere where there is a lot of water!
    Re the canaries the heading says it all - Photos from South Africa!!
    Stay safe, Diane

  4. Hari OM
    A lovely trio they make - synchronised birdering!!! YAMxx

  5. They visit our inland wetlands and can they every make a racket! I did not realize this species had such a global distribution. I checked eBird and was amazed at how they lit up the globe.

  6. I enjoyed the backstory, Stewart.

  7. A very impressive large Tern. Yes birds seem to have a definite distance (all birds differ on this) that they will keep their distance from you. Thanks for hosting, stay safe and have a good week ahead.

  8. They are incredible flyers.
    All the best for the New Year, Stewart, and thanks for hosting!

  9. Handsome birds!
    I was surprised when an Internet search revealed that they are here in North America too. And they migrate through my area! Maybe I'll see one someday.
    Have a great day!

  10. Oh very distinguished looking!...:)jp

  11. Cudowne rybitwy! Gratuluję obserwacji. Dawno do Ciebie nie zaglądałam.

  12. I like the way they posed for you!

  13. Cute little group..I'm sure they liked playing with you LOL The orange beaks look like carrots!! Enjoy the rest of your week..

  14. I love watching these big terns fish. Very nice photographs, Stewart! I understand that "game" they play and nice job being patient enough to keep up with them.

  15. Hello Stewart
    great trio, super caught,
    Greetings Frank