|Tern in flight (January 98)|
|Tern in flight, with catch|
One night on returning from the movies I checked if they were still there, and indeed, the whole group was quietly resting there.
I don't know where they had been nesting and incubating their eggs, but I doubt that they could have survived the severe storm a few weeks ago in between these rocks.
(Added Christmas 1999: having observed the birds over the last few months, I now know that the breed on the piles of the wavescreen around the dinghy lockers. They do not come to the rocks along the shore, so what I observed last year must have been the result of a catastrophy (the big storm) which must have thrown a good number of chicks off their rather unprotected perch. The rocks then offered a second, if uncomfortable, chance.)
The adult birds can get quite protective of their young, when people pass by, taking close swipes at intruders (but they soon calm down).
|Tern in flight (29/12/98)|
|Tern on rock (29/12/98)|
Tern on rock, with catch (29/12/98).
The young birds are fed fish this size which they gulp down in one piece, with some amusing contortions if the passage through their throat is a bit narrow.
|Young tern (fledged) (29/12/98)|
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