White Tern

Gygis alba, the White Tern, nests on Lord Howe Island from October until the end of May. Birds lay a single egg on a branch of a large pine tree, where it is incubated for 28 days.

As we walked along the edge of the lagoon this morning we saw a tern sitting very still on a low branch, then noticed a flock of birds wheeling about trees further north. We watched entranced by these rather angelic birds as they flew, settled, called and flew in a continuous round of activity, no doubt part of their mating behaviour. The earliest chicks will be hatching soon, perhaps we will see some before we leave!

 

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