August 07, 2014

Bird on a stick

This caspian tern was sitting on a channel marker at the entrance to Erieau Marina where we keep our pontoon.

A great day on the water, the lake was calm and the breeze was enough to keep biting flies to a minimum.

Hydroprogne caspia

As large as a big gull, the Caspian Tern is the largest tern in the world. Its large coral red bill makes it one of the most easily identified terns throughout its worldwide range.

The oldest known wild Caspian Tern lived to be more than 26 years old. Average life span of Great Lakes Caspian Terns is estimated to be 12 years.

source - Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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