White-fronted tern have been absent in numbers for several months while they breed and have now just begun to return to the beach. Last week I spotted a group of about 50 resting near the bird sanctuary. It was special in itself as there were birds coming and going right through my line of photography fire. To have these elegant birds passing me a knee level was so terrific, I almost forgot to take the photos.
In amongst the white-fronted terns I spotted a black-fronted. It was an immature bird that had clearly not mastered the skill of balance as it kept falling over when it tried to scratch it's head.
Black-fronted tern (Chlidonias albostriatus)
White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata)