Saturday, July 31, 2010

Camera-Critters #121: Greater Crested Tern

As I described in my Skywatch Friday blog, the main purpose for visiting Daxi Harbor was to photograph the water birds.  There were the usual egrets hanging about the fishing boats.

But the most amazing sights is the Greater Crested Tern (鳳頭燕鷗), Sterna bergii.  They are very similar to the Common Tern that I have seen on Cape Cod.  There were 20s or 30s of them hovering over the harbor diving down to pick up the fish that were throw down from the fishing boat.

The tern nest on the islands around Taiwan and migrate to Taiwan during the summer month then move down to islands of Southeast Asia as far south as Australia during the winter months.

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10 comments:

Rajesh said...

Amazing shots of the birds. I agree this is a nice place to be in to photograph water birds.

Janie said...

Beautiful birds, and great captures of them. Looks like a wonderful place to go and observe seashore wildlife.

JM said...

Wonderful shots, great blog!

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Beautiful photos, love the one of the bird with the fish!

Nikki-ann said...

Wonderful photos. It looks like the birds are looking at each other in the first one. :)

Misty Dawn said...

Awesome images! Looks like your trip was successful!

Ruthi said...

Love the second photo... great capture.

Denise said...

An amazing bird and you got some great shots.
An English Girl Rambles

Adrienne in Ohio said...

lovely photos!

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

I remember watching Arctic Terns on the Farne islands years ago. These look much bigger.

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