Friday, May 30, 2014

Wild Bird Wednesday: Crested Tern

One of my favourite beaches on the Gold Coast, Kirra Beach,  is home to a colony of Crested Terns.
I absolutely love these birds. They are fascinating to watch.
This is just a fraction of the colony...








Mid air shake off...


Sharing with Stewart's meme:

12 comments:

cobie en bas van Es said...

geweldig wat is dit mooi.

Bob Bushell said...

Brilliant, I love the Terns flying around, your camera work is superb Liz.

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Unusual bird to me- I've never seen one before! Great shots.

Brian King said...

Beautiful birds! Nice flight shots!

Christian Perrin said...

I really like Crested Terns for some reason also. I find it interesting to compare their body proportions with that of a gull and then think about the lifestyle differences that arise from that.

I love the shallow field of focus in those flock photos that really single out that preening bird. Second favourite would be the juxtapositioning of a beautiful wild bird with the skyscraper background (you can tell it's the Gold Coast!).

Lisa Gordon said...

What beautiful creatures, Liz, and they look magnificent on the sand.

I wish you a wonderful weekend, my friend!

Chris Rohrer said...

I love their beautiful yellow bills. Looks like a great place to bird.

TexWisGirl said...

they're so cute and plucky!

Pauline said...

I always find these birds amusing for some reason, especially when they are busy grooming. You captured them beautifully.

Pat Tillett said...

Beautiful photos! Were you laying on the ground for the first several photos? They have such a great angle.

Stewart M said...

They are great birds - and a little more cooperative than many as well!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Michael S-B said...

These are great shots, Liz. Terns are such interesting and amusing birds. I remember the day you were out there stalking them. It's a good thing this colony was protected by the locals who stood up and protested against the council's plans for a cruise ship terminal there.

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