Pelagic Bird Survey 9 October 2011

Great-billed Heron at Sister’s Island, while awaiting ICA clearance. Picture very noisy due to low light level and greatly cropped.
Great Billed Heron

Mixture of Greater Crested (Swift) Tern and Lesser Crested Tern at a buoy on the way to Horsburg Lighthouse.

Side by side comparison of Greater Crested Tern and Lesser Crested Tern. Very obvious size difference as well as difference in colour and thickness of the bill.

Lesser Crested Terns

Lesser Crested Tern flight shot
Lesser Crested Tern - IMG_9036

Lesser Crested Tern flight shot

Greater Crested Tern flight shot

Aleutian Tern, non breeding

Swinhoe’s Storm-petrel, a record shot. As usual it’s skimming just above the water.

Common Tern
Common Tern - FYAP6051

Common Tern
Common Tern - IMG_9402

Common Tern eating seaweed. Notice the seaweed at the styrofoam in this picture as well as in the previous Aleutian Tern picture. Perhaps the birds are using the floating debris as a place to eat their catch, which surprisingly to me, is seaweed!
Common Tern - IMG_9416

Bridled Terns fishing on a patch of seaweed.

Bridled Terns fishing
Bridled Fishing

Bridled Terns fishing with the neck bent over backwards.
Bridled Fishing

Bridled Terns fishing. Off with the seaweed, and only the fish remains in the mouth.
Bridled Fishing

Bridled Terns flight shot.
Bridled Flight Shot

At Horsburg Lighthouse, only a few Bridled Terns. 5 shown in this picture.

Middle Rocks, a mixture of Greater Crested Terns, Lesser Crested Terns and Bridled Terns.

Bridled Terns with a Black-naped Tern fishing at Middle Rocks. The Black-naped Tern is clearly a smaller bird.

Bridled Terns Fishing at Middle Rocks

Side by side profile of the Greater Crested and Lesser Crested Terns at a buoy near the east coast of Singapore, on our return journey

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2 Responses to Pelagic Bird Survey 9 October 2011

  1. Alfred Chia says:

    Fantastic shots Francis. All of them! Interesting shots of the terns taking seaweeds. You should post them in WildbirdSingapore too. Thanks for the memories.

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