Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Fairy Tern


Cousin Island, Seychelles
Formerly a coconut plantation, this island was purchased in 1968 by the International Council for Bird Preservation and turned into a reserve.
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27 comments:

EG Wow said...

I'm pretty sure the fairy tern is reading that sign. :)

Martha Z said...

The little tern seem to have found an appropriate place to roost.

Gary said...

These should not be surprising by their existence, but they should be a growing norm!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

holdingmoments said...

What a great capture.

Springman said...

Stupendous week of photos JM! I had a good chance to visit the Seychelle islands back in the early '70's when I was lounging in the Mombassa bars. Problem was I wouldn't have had the money to get back. Oh what might have been!
Cheers to you good Sir!

Jacob said...

I'm so glad that this island became a preserve...and I think the little bird would agree with me!

Andrew said...

A lovely image and as I was born just south of Durban in South Africa in 1956 I can at least claim to have been fairly close to these beautiful islands.
I was only two years old when I left Africa so no memories for me.
Enjoy...

MaineBirder said...

Great capture! It looks like the bird is reading the sign.

mick said...

That's a very interesting place to find a Tern.

joo said...

Lovely little fellow!

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Terns are known to lay their eggs in the most precarious places. I would not be surprised if the bird chose the ledge for a nest. Candid shot!

eileeninmd said...

Great capture, the tern is very pretty.

Inger-M said...

A cute little bird, and obviously intelligent too! :-) Nice capture.

EmptyNester said...

I bet that tern was happy when he finished reading the sign! LOL Excellent!

Now, I have to know- were you that close to "Mr. Big" or was it a lens? Because if you WERE that close, I must ask, "Are you CRAZY?!" LOL

Pat said...

Marvelous capture - lovely little bird!

Jean said...

It appears that this sweet bird is the Welcome Wagon for the Island.:)

JM said...

@EmptyNester: LOL! I was that close to 'Mr. Big'. I was taking photos while he was walking towards the jeep. That was the last one I took because I started feeling unconfortable and I was afraid the click sound would upset him and he might do something crazy! LOL! Keep in mind I was at an open vehicle. :-)

Sondra said...

How COOL...I guess this bird can read!

Postcardy said...

Is that the tour guide?

RedPat said...

Great capture! I wonder if they put treats out by the sign to attract feathery visitors.

Lesley said...

What would a sign for a bird sanctuary be without a real live bird taking sanctuary.
great capture!

Carolyn said...

great capture:-) pls visit MY SIGNS,SIGNS

Mama Zen said...

Very cool!

Luna Miranda said...

this must be heaven to bird-watchers. great find.

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

:) excellent catch!! regards!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Great getting the bird with the sign.

Arija said...

Cute, any post in a storm.