I spend last Thursday, Friday and Saturday (13, 14, 15 December) with the organisers of the Atlas of Life in the Coastal Wilderness.
I refrained from taking photos of the gathering, because I was a guest, not a local. But we went on an outing to Mogareeka and these are some of the birds we saw.
|I felt sorry for this Great Cormorant which|
obviously has been snagged with fishing line
and some Sea Weed dragging behind it.
Not only does it interfere with its flying,
but it will also drag when the Cormorant is diving to catch fish.
Fairy Tern are distinguishable in breeding plumage by their entirely yellow beaks (Higgins & Davies 1996) and the black patch at the eye which does not extend to a point at the bill (Cox & Close 1977). For more information please visit this site> http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/sprat/public/publicspecies.pl?taxon_id=82950
|This is a Fairy Tern (a rare breeder in NSW).|
Note the chick hiding under the driftwood at left.
White patch in front of eyes, bill yellow.
(no black tip to bill when breeding)
(click on image to see detail)
|The endangered Little Tern in breeding plumage.|
Note the black line in front of eyes, going to the base of beak,
and black tip of the bill (click on image to see detail)
|A Little Tern flying in with a fish for its partner.|
They are such elegant fliers.
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White-throated Needletails used be called Spine-tailed Swifts.
They are some of the fastest fliers known.
See this link for more images:
Hopefully I will be able to continue with regular blogging again.
I am house-sitting for some friends at present, and I am "learning" to use an Apple Lap-top, with limited USB ports. At present I am restricted to up-loading images from home and then blogging from the alternative address.
Dapto, Edie and Possum are all well.