Caspian Tern at L’Amoreaux Pond: August 2021

Early flight pioneers the Wright Brothers learned a lot by observing birds. I thought of that as I watched a Caspian Tern wheeling around above L’Amoreaux Pond and occasionally diving in at top speed for a fish.

Caspian Tern

Caspian Terns are just as common in Australia and New Zealand as they are here so this is really a cosmopolitan species.

Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern


I will identify it at the end of the post.

Other birds:

Double-crested Cormorant
Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Canada Geese

L’Amoreaux Park views:

Some botany:

Hawthorn (Crataegus)
Brown-lipped Snail on grape leaf
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
White Cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Lady Fern
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)
Birdfoot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatis)
Gray Dogwood (Cornus foemina)
Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca)
St. John’s-wort (Hypericum perforatum)
Tamarack (Larix laricina)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Common Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)
Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Teasle (Dipsacus fullonum)
Rough Cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Canada Thistle (Cirsium pratense)


Female ducks are usually plainer than males and can look alike. In this case, the creamy end of tail colour indicates a female Mallard.

Mallard (female)


A flying bird I am for heavenly flight;

No enthralling branch can hold me tight.

Free I am from all the passing years;

not submitting to the baseless fears.

Free I am from all the worldly chains;

staying away from all the bodily pains. – Jagdish Pal

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “Caspian Tern at L’Amoreaux Pond: August 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Once again, beautiful pictures of beautiful things in a beautiful place. Such a pleasure to see. Thanks, Miles!

  2. rosemarie fischer

    wonderful photography of birds and plants,you really have a knack for this,thanks for them and all prev.posts.


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