The Crested Tern (Thalasseus bergii) can be found all around the coast of Australia. For me in Victoria, if I am on the coast, its the default tern. I think this is a useful idea in birding - as when I see a tern I can immediately start thinking about the features of one bird - and 90% of the time it's that bird! (If you see what I mean!)
These birds were loafing about at one of my regular birding spots - Swan Bay Jetty. I think that the passing traffic of fisher-folk, boaters, dog walkers and photographers helps calm these birds down. They tend to be a little more cooperative than many.
There was not much going on with these birds, just a bit of yawning and feather maintenance. But I still like them.
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Always fun hanging with you! Be good to yourself. Here's a great grey heron from the San Francisco Bay area.ReplyDelete
I hope too that your fog will lift, Stewart. Whether we can expect that or not is another matter entirely! Great shots of a very handsome tern in the meantime. As you say we all have default birds. A common expression among birders here upon being asked for ID help by novices is, "Was it bigger than a robin?"ReplyDelete
They are all dressed up and ready to go! YAM xx
Beautiful terns! Sometimes doing nothing is the thing to do.ReplyDelete
Love the fourth photo. Great capture!ReplyDelete
Love that big yellow beak!ReplyDelete
My brain is often in a fog so I know how it is. Thanks for providing a place for people to share.
Hello Stewart,:=) The yawning and preening of these beautiful Crested Terns is a joy to see. Great captures of these attractive birds.ReplyDelete
Hi friend!!!...Great series of photos. CheersReplyDelete
I am a total waste when it comes to identifying gulls and terns! They are all lovely, but that's about as far as I go. Take care. We'll get through this one day.ReplyDelete
Stewart, I'm having trouble linking up, could you please add my post. Thank you!ReplyDelete
I enjoyed the various animated poses.ReplyDelete
Terns are sweet.ReplyDelete
Great photos of beautiful birds!ReplyDelete
I like your better than ours!!...:)jpReplyDelete
Beautiful birds and that first shot is amazing. Take it easy, your mojo will return :-)))) Keep safe DianeReplyDelete
They're good looking birds. I like the one with the big mouth!ReplyDelete
you managed to take some very nice pictures, thanks for showing them
Love your pictures of the Crested Tern!ReplyDelete
Hoi Stewart, mooie fotos. Ze zijn prachtig die sterns. Ik hoop dat het snel met je beter gaat. Groetjes CarolineReplyDelete