Seabirds

Pacific Gull and Little Black Cormorant

Pacific Gull and Little Black Cormorant

Marina

Marina

 

Today the weather was perfect for an early start in the kayaks, so we had a trip around the marina and along the coast.  There were plenty of seabirds around.  Because we were on the water, I only had my little camera, so not very good for distance shots of birds.

Young Osprey

Young Osprey

 

 

The best thing this morning was seeing one of the young ospreys for the first time since they left hte nest a few weeks ago.

 

 

Osprey Mum

Osprey Mum

 

 

Mum kept a close eye from a nearby lookout – you can see her on the aerial on the roof.

 

 

Osprey nest

Osprey nest

 

 

 

Here’s a view of the nest from on the water.  You get a good view of the sculpture that it was built in.

 

Fishing Practice

Fishing Practice

 

 

 

 

And here the youngster is perched on a mast, looking closely for fish.

osprey call  Click on ‘osprey call’ and hopefully you’ll be able to see and hear it.  The young osprey was constantly calling to Mum during its training session.

Crested Terns

Crested Terns

 

 

There were several families of crested terns by the boats.

 

 

 

Female Darter

Female Darter

 

 

 

There was a family of Australasian Darters out.   This is the female.

 

 

Young Darter

Young Darter

 

 

 

 

Young darter.

 

Night Heron

Night Heron

 

 

 

I’ve also seen several night herons by the marina this week.  This is the best picture I’ve managed.  The problem is that I see them when it’s dark.  They are too far away to use a flash, so all the pictures were a bit dark and blurry.  Hopefully I’ll get a better one before they leave the area.

Pied cormorants

Pied cormorants

About Tern

Fishing Tern

Fishing Tern

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.

Feeding time

Feeding time

 

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.

 

Tern Coming in to land

Tern Coming in to land

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Fish Stealing

Fish Stealing

 

 

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.

 

Dinner time

Dinner time

 

This youngster had managed to catch his own lunch.

 

 

 

 

Bridled Tern

Bridled Tern

 

 

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.

 

 

Fairy Tern

Fairy Tern

 

 

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.

 

Mystery Tern

Mystery Tern

 

 

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.

Tern nusery

Tern nusery