Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Aus Bird #486 - Bridled Tern - Penguin Island, WA

On the 26th of January, 2010 (Australia Day), Jaime and I visited Penguin Island, about 1hr south of Perth. We were hoping to see the Bridled Terns that nest on the island. We were in luck, as there were hundreds of them all over the island. Many of the nests had chicks of various sizes. We also found Buff-banded Rails to be very easy to see around the picnic area on the island, and we counted 11. King's Skinks (Egernia kingii), another lifer, also roamed about in equal numbers, often outcompeting the rails for food scraps such as watermelon peel.

Bridled Tern #486 (excluding introduced species)

Little Penguins (2 underneath jetty)

Buff-banded Rail

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