You’ve no idea how long it’s possible to spend thinking up bad tern puns (taking terns, one good tern deserves another etc etc.) If you know much about terns please feel free to help me identify the mystery tern and correct any that I’ve mistaken in this post, because many look so similar.
These pictures were taken a couple of weeks ago on Penguin Island. The majority of the terns there are crested terns. The most amazing and chaotic site and sight was on the far side of the island, where I found a nursery. Literally hundreds of crested tern chicks scuttling around in what looked like a herd.
The adults were flying in with fish in their beaks and then flying over the nursery looking for their young. All the chicks were shouting at once.
The other adults, including plenty of gulls, would try and steal the fish before the parent found its young.Those that managed to get a fish as far as the ground were then surrounded by birds all wanting to have a share.
This youngster had managed to catch his own lunch.
There were also plenty of bridled terns, with a horizontal black line across the eye. Not very shy and would let me get really close.
This one’s a fairy tern, much smaller than the crested terns. I only saw a couple of them compared to hundreds of crested terns.
And here’s my mystery tern. Red coloured beak, but dark legs. Caspian Tern? Should have black on its beak. Lesser Crested Tern? Doesn’t live in that area acording to my book. Roseate Tern? Should have red legs then to match its beak. Arctic tern? Wrong coloured legs and shouldn’t land on Penguin Island. So, my best guess is Caspian Tern, but hopefully someone will be able to identify it for certain.