To everything, tern, tern, tern

Sorry, I couldn’t resist that one.

Over January, we saw a large flock of little terns (Sterna albifrons) at Flat Rock, Ballina. I was amazed at how small they are compared to the common tern.

Little terns with silver gull (the larger bird)

This tern is an endangered species and there are recovery plans in place. The terns breed in scrapes in the sand on beaches, and so the eggs get run over by 4WDs. They are also eaten by foxes.

It was heartening to see them.

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