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River Tern

Sterna aurantia


They lay their eggs on rocks in the middle of the river. They have extremely sharp beaks with which they attack predators. According to a fisherman, he saw them attack the eyes of a crocodile which got too close to the bird's eggs.


Found on a rock in the Cauvery River.


My 100th spotting!

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Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago

Lovely series. You are really lucky to see this one so close.

Piali Bopanna
Piali Bopanna 6 years ago

The Terns generally leave this part of the river by early August. I was lucky to spot that one.

patty 6 years ago

I agree with Maria, the third picture is very nice.

patty 6 years ago

Lovely bird and picture Piali =)

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Congratulations! The third shot is a nice portrait!

Mysuru, India

Lat: 12.20, Long: 76.44

Spotted on Sep 2, 2012
Submitted on Sep 2, 2012

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