The different species of birds found on the tropical seashores of the Indian and Pacific oceans...
Haematopus longirostris, 'Pied Oystercatcher', (Lacepede Islands, Australia).
Haematopus fuliginosus, 'Sooty Oystercatcher', (Lacepede Islands, Australia).
Charadrius ruficapillus, 'Red-capped Plover', (Lacepede Islands, Australia).
Calidris ruficollis, 'Red-necked Stint', (Lacepede Islands, Australia).
Arenaria interpres, 'Ruddy Turnstone', (Lacepede Islands, Australia). Widespread throughout most of the coasts of the world.
Terns usually breed in pairs that are monogamous for the season.
Sterna sumatrana, 'Black-naped Tern'.
Thalasseus bengalensis, 'Lesser Crested Tern'.
Thalasseus bergii, 'Crested Tern'.
Crested Tern with egg.
Hydroprogne caspia, 'Caspian Tern'.
Onychoprion fuscatus, 'Sooty Tern', 'Wide-a-awake Tern'.
Gygis alba, 'White Tern'. Sometimes called 'Fairy Tern. Stunning all white tern with sharp bill and large black eyes. Mostly found on very remote oceanic islands.
White Terns nest on branches. Their single egg balances precariously on a beach tree branch with no nesting material. The small but pugnacious chick follows.
Noddys are terns with the colours reversed; instead of being white with a dark cap, they are dark with a light cap.
Anous 'Noddy'. A pair, nodding.
White-tailed Tropicbird chick.
Pterodroma ultima, 'Murphy's Petrel'. Mostly all dark grey, often has a 'dirty' white face. Mostly breeds on remote Ducie Atoll in the Pitcairn group, eastern Pacific. These birds are thought to be one of the most far-ranging foraging seabirds in the world.
Lesser Frigatebird growing chick with adult (chick on left).
Sula sula, 'Red-footed Booby'.
Sula leucogaster, 'Brown Booby', in flight.
With it's fluff, the growing chick of the Brown Booby quickly appears larger than the parent.
Brown Booby large growing chick. As the chicks grow, they are left by the parents for longer and longer time periods.
Phalacrocorax varius, 'Pied Cormorant'.
Pelecanus conspicillatus, 'Australian Pelican'.
Egretta sacra, 'Eastern Reef Egret'.
Eastern Reef Egret, in flight.
Butorides striata,, 'Mangrove/Striated Heron'.
Haliaeetus leucogaster, 'White-bellied Sea-eagle'. Large bird of prey found along tropical shores of Australasia and Asia.