Saturday, January 2, 2010

Stockton Channel

These common terns are not so common around here. They spend the summers in Australia, roosting in estauries on sandbars or as here on conveniently place channel markers. Groups of fifty or so birds have been seen off Nobby's Beach during December, though during the summer up to a thousand birds have been reported on the sand bars in the mouth of the Brisbane river in Queensland. Fascinating to watch as they dive headfirst after small fish, but easy to fill a card trying to capture them in action.

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