Once feared extinct, and with fewer than 50 mature
individuals in the world, the critically endangered Chinese Crested Tern is one
of the rarest birds in the world. They breed on islands in the Strait of Taiwan
and visit the Minjiang Estuary on Fujian’s
coast typically in May – June. It is therefore hard to describe the emotion I
felt when two of these magnificent birds flew in and landed at the estuary on
April 5th (one of the earliest records ever) – I think I am still in
a state of shock!
I am a conservationist, ornithologist, wildlife photographer and birder. I currently live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with my wonderful wife. I have a Ph.D. in Environmental Science (thesis on the Eastern Screech-Owl) and work for Bird Studies Canada. I photograph wild birds and animals in their natural habitats, exhibiting natural behaviours. None of these photos are of captive animals. I don't interfere with habitat to get photos.