Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Taking a Tern at the Common

Escaped Ingham's grey drizzle at a lightly clouded Townsville Common today. Some shallows alive with birds. Plenty, at a distance, from the elevated hide. This young Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) one of few flying close to camera.


Later shot from water's edge - while waiting, in vain, for a Swamp Harrier to fly my way - one among hundreds of Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata).


Overall, only 55 bird species seen but stiff wind didn't help. Bonus: seven snakes, including a possible strike by a small Brown or Taipan on an even smaller Black Whipsnake.


One good turn etc ... so here's a Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) at Tyto, held over from few days ago.
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2 comments:

Mark Young said...

Wow Tony! The juv Caspian looks great!

Tyto Tony said...

Yep. It sharpened up fairly well. Thanks, Mark.