A distinctive and elegant tern, the Black-Naped Terns (Sterna sumatrana) entertained us at Fitzroy Reef with their antics over our dinghy. We knew we would have to dedicate our #35 Bird Photography Challenge to this graceful but gregarious oceanic bird.
Looking a bit like the negative image of a tern, the Black Noddy (Anous minutus) is a striking pelagic seabird. We saw many during our recent cruise and knew this graceful bird had to be the focus of our #33 Bird Photography Challenge when we returned.
These little terns might be small, but they put on a spectacular show as they swiftly whirl and swoop down in small groups all around our anchored boat. The Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybridus) also known as Marsh Tern was a new sighting for us last month, and makes an exciting #6 Bird Photography Challenge.