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Red-tailed tropicbird

Phaethon rubricauda

Description:

The red-tailed tropicbird looks like a large tern, with its unique long red tail feather. It has generally white plumage, a black crescent around the eye and a thin red tail feather. It has a red bill and black feet.

Habitat:

In Australia, many of thes birds nest on Queensland's coral islands (including Lady Elliot Island) and islands off Western Australia. This bird was photographed on Lord Howe Island, in Northern NSW.

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3 Comments

Steve A
Steve A 6 years ago

@Ingrid3 @armadeus.4 Thanks for your positive comments. As we arrived at the top of the cliff a few Tropicbirds came over to check us out allowing some nice close-up work.

Ingrid3
Ingrid3 6 years ago

niffty view!

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 6 years ago

Great pic Steve! Thank you for sharing :)

Steve A
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Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Australia

Spotted on Jan 24, 2015
Submitted on Feb 14, 2015

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