Crested Terns, Victor Harbor
2 Comments »7th April, 2010; Category: Gulls and Terns, Seabirds, Shorebirds, Waterbirds
Crested Terns are found in abundant numbers around the coast of Australia. They are one of our common terns and can gather in large numbers on beaches, islands, rocky outcrops, estuaries, tidal rivers and sometimes even some way inland along rivers.
They breed in large colonies, often on off shore islands. Their nest is a scrape in the sand or on rock.
In the photo above there is a single Australian Wood Duck perching on the rock on the far left hand side.
Crested terns make me smile. Considering that most terns have immaculate plumage, they always look just a bit scruffy.
I hadn’t thought of them in those terms, Snail. You are right – they always do look a little scruffy compared to most terns.