I’ve found out about the mysterious fish bone that I talked about in my last post. Go there for an update.
I’m a lazy birdwatcher, and don’t strive too hard to add to my “life list”. But when a “tick” comes flying along to meet me, I’m happy.
I’d never seen the gull-billed tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) before, and there were four on the rock platform at Flat Rock on Saturday, mixing with the common terns, which are noticeably larger. This one seems to be in breeding plumage.
You can read about the subspecies in Australia here.
Apparently these terns don’t plunge-dive for fish like you often see other terns doing, but feed on insects while on the fly, and amphibians, small mammals, plus the chicks and eggs of other terns.