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Bridled Tern Onychoprion anaethetus antarcticus   - Juveniles
Bridled Tern
Photographer : © Viral Patel and Pankaj Maheria
Location :Dharasana Wetland, Valsad, Gujarat, India
Date : 16 August 2020
English synonyms:Australian Bridled Tern (novaehollandiae = anaethetus), Brown-winged Tern, Atlantic Bridled Tern, Red Sea Bridled Tern
Bird Family :Sterninae - Terns & Noddies
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :As Dharasana Wetland is very near to our home, we visit that place for birding whenever we have time. There are countless Zinga-farms (Prawn farms) situated around Dharasana. During monsoon these farms are not doing Zinga-farming. When farms are inactive, lots of birds are attracted here for fishing. On that windy day of the rainy season we found two Bridled Terns among a group of other terns. They are plunge-diving for fish on a farm, and also landed for preening from time to time. Same pond also shared by Common Tern. Windy atmosphere may be the reason for their presence offshore. VP & PM