|This is the closest I have been to a Caspian tern (near Silverleaves, Phillip Island)!|
Five things I have learnt about Caspian terns
- I believe that their name relates to the region of the Caspian Sea. The name Hydroprogne caspia was given in 1770 by the German naturalist Peter Simon Pallas who led expeditions into "The East" visiting the Russian provinces, Ural Mountains and Caspian Sea)
- Their distribution is widespread, but scattered, occurring in Eurasia, North America, Africa and Australasia
- They are the world's largest tern with a wingspan of up to a 1 metre
- They can be quite dispersive. In Victoria we see them a little less in the winter months.
- Males and females are alike. Non-breeding birds have lighter flecks in that impressive black cap
|Looking towards Rhyll from Observation Point|
|This Caspian tern dwarfs these Red-necked stint while sharing a bath|
|Observation Point often has good numbers of Pied oystercatcher|
|Red-necked stint, Red-capped plover and a lone Hoodie (blurred top left) making use of the seaweed|
I caught up once again with some of my banded friends. I have been photographing the bird at bottom right for some 5 years - What a trooper!
|Australian White ibis crossing Westernport Bay from French Island|
|Grey fantail are often seen where the trees meet the beach|
|On this day Willie visited the beach as well|
|I have not noticed Willie wagtails with such brown on the wing before. I am wondering if these indicates an immature bird.|
|The container ship Ambrosia|
|What's that I spy? A tall ship at the Cowes jetty?|
|Closer inspection reveals the Sydney based Soren Larsen.|
You can find out more about the history of this restored tall ship (and star of The Onedin Line BBC television series) here.
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