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Bridled Tern

Bridle terns on jetty


Bridle tern on rock

Bridle tern at Penguin Island

bridle terns hiding behind a rock outcrop

bridle terns hiding behind a rock outcrop

bridle tern on lookout duties

bridle tern seeking shade under stairs

bridle tern seeking shade under stairs


bridle terns at Penguin Island jetty

bridle tern

bridle tern sitting on a branch

28 comments:

  1. Why is it called a bridal tern? you are such an amazing avian photographer!!

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    1. It's actually called a bridle tern - with an 'le' instead of an 'al' but that totally escaped me first thing this morning as I wrote this post. I assume it's because of the bridle shape of his facial colourings.

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  2. Beautiful photos, I think I especially like the first one

    Thank you for linking up

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    1. I was really pleased that I caught a bit of eye in that shot. A bit of eyeball can make all the difference.

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  3. What gorgeous photos, you have captured a great story unfolding

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    1. Thank you, it's lovely to hear others enjoy the story too.

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  4. What beautiful photos. I really like the 9th one down of the two birds sitting on the edge of the boardwalk comparing shadows #MySundayPhoto

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    1. It was a hard decision to crop that shot or to leave the shadows in, I really like how it seemed they were having a chat about their shadows too, glad I'm not the only one :O)

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  5. What an intriguing bird, such striking markings.

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    1. They are ever so pretty aren't they?

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  6. What a great selection of images!

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    1. Thanks for saying so, it can be really hard some days picking the right shots.

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  7. Wow, great photos, really interesting to look at!

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  8. so lovely! such cool contrasting colors these bridal terns have! Of course with those masks they look a bit scary....Stand and deliver!!

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    1. 'Your fishes or your life!'

      nb: Bridled terns are fish eaters

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  9. such pretty little terns. we have just come back from ballina where the little (or fairy?) terns wheel around and around the river each night. doing what we don't know.:) these are lovely.

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    1. How wonderful to be blessed by the local terns (there are both fairy and little - did you get any pics?) Was that during your Anniversary trip?

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  10. Wow! I find birds to be so hard to capture, but you did a great job! :D The last two are my favourite shots. :D

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    1. I find I need lots of shutter speed and at least my 250mm zoom.

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  11. What amazing photos of an amazing bird!

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  12. Such a striking bird - I love the markings. I saw you say in the comments that it's actually a "bridle" tern, but either way works fine for me, as it seems these fellows are dressed in their sunday best!
    Please come share at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2016/02/abstractions.html

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    1. I love that take on it! And as these guys are found on Penguin Island it seems very apt that it's not just the penguins in black tie plumage.

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  13. Some really great captures here. In particular I love the macro shots of the bird.

    Sharing snapshots at Captured By Jade

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    1. It's a challenge getting those lovely detail shots.

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  14. well hello! wonderful shots!

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