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Seafood Brunch.

One late morning at Cabarita, this Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) brought his massive catch in to the beach right where we were brunching ourselves. Presumably swallowing something three times the size of one’s head requires a stable base – but it was hard not to think he brought it in mostly to show off his spear-fishing prowess.

It seemed like he was going to perch on a submerged rock, but his run coincided with the wake of a Rivercat, and he was washed over, holding his prize aloft.

On dry land, the business of eating commenced – tricky when your mouth is also your spear:

Having made short work of that. he disappeared back beneath the water to check the dinner menu:

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Tern It Up.

At North Curl Curl Beach we watched as juvenile Terns practised fishing. We have to admit that we’re not 100% certain of identification here. We’re fairly sure that these are Fairy Terns (Sternula nereis), but they could be Little Terns (Sternula albifrons). Adult Little Terns have a black stripe running from the bill through the eye, and a black tip to their bill: but these are absent in juveniles. If you can be definite, please leave us a comment.