Skandan and Mr Shivakumar have photographed and reported the several terns that they have been sighting in the backwaters of Kelambakkam to the south of Madras.
And then there was the matter of gulls - brown-headed and black-headed - also reported. And Ruddy Turnstone. And Curlews.
So off we went today morning in Sheila's car armed with driving instructions and precise directions on which bund to walk on, etc etc.
- Little terns
- River tern
- Whiskered tern in bleeding plumage, which I thought was a black-bellied tern
- Sandwich tern and/or gull-billed tern?
- Caspian tern
Off the road, down by the broken bridge, walking along the bunds, and we saw the gulls. Brown-headed and black-headed in a mixed bunch....they were a huge flock in the distance, and without Chitra's spotting scope, and Preston's idying guidance, "look for the white mirrors on the wings", I would not have spotted them.