11 September 2018

In praise of - Whiskered Terns

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida
 There’s a tropical depression to the south of Hong Kong, and the Typhoon “No.1” signal has been up all day.

Cooler, dusty air has drifted down from the north, and it’s actually felt like autumn.

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida
Whiskered Terns are passage migrants in HK waters, but rough weather, or the threat of it, can bring these seasonally southbound seabirds in over the fishponds of the New Territories.

Such was the case today, where I came across some other people enjoying the sight of Whiskered Terns at the edge of a commercial fishpond in Tai Sang Wai.

At the edge of the fishpond...

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

Bread had been put in the water for the farmed fish, but the terns were coming in for the minnows also feeding on the bread. 

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

We knew that it might rain all day tomorrow, so we enjoyed the tern show in the hazy sunshine while we had the chance.
Whiskered Tern - Chlidonias hybrida

Sunset over Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong

3 comments:

  1. Gather roses while you may.....or watch Whiskered Terns while you may. I think I prefer the latter! Great series of flight shots, and If I am not mistaken you and I were in this same spot together. No Whiskered Terns, however, but we did see Oriental Pratincole which certainly made my day.

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  2. Great series John, hoping the upcoming typhoon won't bring too much havoc...

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  3. Some very nice tern pics John. We occasionally get this species in Hokkaido but they don't get any close enough to photograph sadly.

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