Today I want to introduce you a pair of newcomers to Chindia. Few days ago I saw them standing on a lamp in the park. From time to time, one of them takes flight, rises a few feet into the air, then plunges straight into the water. Each time he comes out with a fish in his beak. Each time he shares food with his partner. Looking at them remotely, it seemed to me that they were babies seagulls. I was wrong! They are similar to seagulls, but their tail is similar to that of swallow. It was the first time I saw this bird.
The next day I took my camera and I hoped I would find them again. They arrived when we were about to leave the park. I took some photos from a long distance, then I tried to get closer them to take another photo. I did not succeed because they immediately became agitated and left.
I’ve been able to identify these birds with the help of Mr. Google. In Romanian, we call it Chira(Sterna hirundo). They are slender, lightly built birds with long, forked tails, narrow wings, and relatively short legs. They usually live in the Danube Delta and are protected birds in Romania.
Have you seen these birds in your area?
Yes, we have these birds in New Zealand. They are called “Terns” here. There are different types of these birds. The Common Tern, the Arctic Tern ( I am not sure if I have seen an Arctic Tern here) and the Caspian Tern (Has a large head) and a rare type of Tern called “The Fairy Tern”.
I did not know much about these birds. Thanks for the details.?
I may soon put up a post about our Terns in New Zealand.
I don’t believe I have ever seen a bird like this, thanks for sharing.
I saw them for the first time in my area. There are birds that generally live at sea.
So sweet pitcher of birds…
They are very nice and interesting as behavior.
Beautifully picture of birds.
Thank you, Branka! It could have been better but I did not have much time available because they left when I tried to get close to them.
Beautifully captured of lovely birds. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for the comment!
What an interesting shape and color. Never seen this beauty. Like the color on the top of his head. Great shot!
They are beautiful. A few days ago I have witnessed a wonderful scene! The male caught a fish and offered it to his partner.?
No never seen this before , thank you for sharing
I saw them for the first time. They are not often seen in my area.
These are lovely birds. I’ve not seen these in my area though. I think they are very pretty.
There are birds related to seagulls. They are beautiful and very noisy!