Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Like buses, you wait along time to see a Roseate in Lowestoft and then the very next day you see two! Up early to check the North Beach, Andrew had beaten me to it and a tweet came through at 6.30am to say the Roseate Tern was still there. I went straight down and initially saw the black- billed Roseate Tern with the rosy chest perched on the groyne near the back, it then flew south, again appearing very white in flight before returning this time perching on a groyne just 50 yards north from the other. Again it spent a lot of time preening, it then flew onto a closer groyne briefly before flying back to the furthest one. later on it flew to a cross beam in the middle of the groyne perched with another Tern, this time Common to the right. It then flew south and then back again perched on another groyne post on the northern side about half way back. i got some good shots here. Andrew then spotted another Roseate Tern this one in full breeding plumage with red on the bill confined to the base.