This Crested Tern appears to be a regular visitor to the Elwood Beach Stone Pier. I saw him when I visited the beach recently to take shots across Port Phillip Bay. The Tern is tagged with a metal band. It must be a good hunter – whenever it went up to look into the water for fish, several waiting Silver Gulls followed it very closely – hoping to steal his catch. I failed miserably to take any flight shots as he was just too close for my lens (and skill level) and I was shooting wildly, staggering around the pier like a drunken sailor. After a while he rested on the stone wall and waited in hope that a fisherman would throw some bait his way.
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It is a pretty bird…not in my top 10 but still, nice feathering
I think his beak changes colour during the course of the year… I distinctly remember it being more orange….
This might be a relation that has picked up the spot and habit – I thought it was a juvenile…