|The Juvenile Caspian Tern (with a parent), looked to be dead?|
|The parent bird has a silver band on its right leg – there is no flag. Also note the streaked black cap - this adult bird has moulted back to non-breeding condition.|
As the boat
moved I noticed the juvenile bird move and as we came side-on I saw the bird
was resting and possibly begging for food from the prone position.
|From side-on the juvenile bird’s head and bill are slightly lifted – it certainly was not dead.|
I have not seen young terns lying in this position before.
|This juvenile has just been given a fish which it is swallowing.|
|Juvenile Caspian Tern playing with a stick.|
|Here the young bird has another stick.|
|Here it tosses and catches the stick. Perhaps this is practice for handling fish which must be positioned so they go down head first?|
some new behaviour – I have not seen Caspian Terns playing with sticks before.
|The two adults and this juvenile belong together.|
The young one often approached one of the adults and begged for food as it is doing in this photo. Note that both parents have extensive black caps indicating breeding condition though in some photos white streaking of the cap is evidence that they are moulting back to non-breeding condition.
|The juvenile has followed one of its parents into the water but did not bathe itself.|
|The parent’s bath is somewhat restricted by the young one standing close by.|
|As the parent flies back to shore to preen the young bird gives a rather pathetic call to be fed.|
On the same
sand islands about 70 Red-necked Stints rested at first and then later moved around
the shoreline feeding in company with about 14 Red-capped Plovers and one
Curlew Sandpiper. They provided some interesting activity and a few photo opportunities
when the Caspian Terns were quiet.
|Three Red-necked Stints bathing.|
|Curlew Sandpiper feeding with Red-capped Plovers and Red-necked Stint.|
|Curlew Sandpiper feeding beside a smaller Red-necked Stint – a good size comparison between these small waders.|
|Adult Pacific Gull.|
|This juvenile Pacific Gull sat quietly - unmoved as the Caspian Terns were active around it.|
|Adult with fish approaches a juvenile.|
|The young bird calls but does not take the fish.|
|The young bird seems to know it is not going to get the fish and loses interest.|
|The adult with the fish departs.|
|This is the second approach by the adult to the same juvenile bird as before.|
|Once again the fish is not handed over and the adult bird flies off.|
|For the third time the adult bird circles around and returns to the same juvenile.|
|Two Silver Gulls fly over and the pair of Terns duck but do not fly.|
By this time the fish is starting to dry, so the adult bird flies to the water and gives the fish a wash – I assume to keep it wet. The juvenile follows still trying to get a feed.
|The adult gives the fish a wash.|
|In the water once again it looks like the fish is being offered and certainly the young one is squawking to be fed.|
|But no, the adult is off again without passing over the fish.|
|Here adult 63 with the fish approaches juvenile U8.|
|I think this approach was to juvenile V6.|
|A flight shot as 63 circles the island calling with the fish.|
|No.63 flies in yet again with the fish.|
|No.63 appears to offer the fish to U8 which is sitting down and by now does not bother to stand in an attempt to obtain the fish from 63.|
|After a half-hearted bill-open prompt U8 loses interest.|
|Then the immature (or more advanced juvenile) came over to try its luck with 63.|
|However 63 turned away with the fish.|
|63 departs again without giving the fish to either U8 or the other juvenile.|