This web page is to share some pictures — still and moving images — of whiskered terns in the Danube Delta.
Whiskered tern (John Long)
There are many special moments on a visit to the Danube Delta and everyone will have their favourite. This was mine, writes Chris Durdin, from the Danube Delta holiday in June 2014.
Here's my account from the holiday report:
"The rain, though dramatic, was short-lived. It had stopped by the time we came into a medium-sized lake. Here we drifted towards a mat of floating vegetation, turned off the engine, watched and listened: cast away in the middle of a whiskered tern colony.
"We’d seen many whiskered terns before, often picking up strings of water weed, sometimes visible on nests, but here we were surrounded by scores. The water weed was for building shallow nests of vegetation, added to the natural floating raft. The terns were sometimes in pairs by the nests, or standing singletons while partners were flying, fishing and calling.
"It was a magical, noisy, unforgettable experience."
Whiskered terns on floating nest (John Long)