ONE GOOD (ROYAL) TERN ON THE ABACO MARLS…


ONE GOOD TERN ON THE ABACO MARLS…4

ONE GOOD (ROYAL) TERN ON THE ABACO MARLS…

Royal Tern, Abaco, Bahamas (Marls) 1…deserves another…Royal Tern, Abaco, Bahamas (Marls) 2…and a few more besides…Royal Tern, Abaco, Bahamas (Marls) 3

We passed these fine Royal Terns during the boat ride ride out to the bonefishing grounds of the Abaco Marls. The single dead tree lay alone in a vast expanse of open water near the mangrove swamps, providing a perfect perch and vantage point for the birds. Their positioning on the tree suggested a distinct “pecking order”, which turned out to be literally true. The terns were unembarrassed by our presence, but at one stage they all took off and circled lazily round once before settling back on the tree. Those that tried to take a higher perch were aggressively treated by the original occupant. In the end, things settled down much as before. However, one disappointed claimant to promotion was dispossessed of the main trunk entirely. He ended up, uncomfortable and huffy, on a small stump facing the opposite way to the rest of the birds – perhaps from wounded dignity, or to make his feelings known through body language….Royal Tern (Sterna maxima), Abaco Marls, Bahamas 5

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5 thoughts on “ONE GOOD (ROYAL) TERN ON THE ABACO MARLS…

  1. Hi, it`s funny to see a tern here as well. Where I am living at the North Norfolk coast is the biggest breeding ground for terns in Europe – Sandwitch terns, Arctic terns and Common terns.
    Great pictures of those terns, really ROYAL. Terns are quite aggressive here. When they are breeding they attac people who are approaching their breeding area.
    Greetings
    Klausbernd

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    • Hi Klausbernd! The strange thing is that there were (relatively) plenty of wonderful Royal Terns – but I also wanted pictures of some of the terns that are rarer in the Bahamas, but common elsewhere… the Common Tern for example! I’m sure I’d get photos of them in Norfolk – but I need them from across the Atlantic. All the best, RH

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