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Photos of a Swift tern colony on Dyer island and flying Swift terns (Sterna bergii) over the island and the sea. Their food finds the Swift tern near the coast.

Swift Terns (Sterna bergii) are found on the islands off the South African coast all year round. They breed in colonies, often together with Hartlaub’s Gulls, as here on Dyer Island. In South Africa, there are approximately 6,000 breeding pairs. The breeding time at the western cape is between February and March, and the young birds fledge between April and May. An important food component during this period are anchovies which are hunted far out at sea.



Sterna bergii
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species


total photos: 36

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Flying Swift tern
Flying Swift tern

Swift tern in flight
Swift tern in flight

Flying Swift tern with fish
Flying Swift tern with fish

Flying Swift tern in the blue sky
Flying Swift tern in the blue sky

Swift tern above the sea
Swift tern above the sea

Swift tern returns to Dyer Island
Swift tern returns to Dyer Island

Swift tern comes back from the sea
Swift tern comes back from the sea

Swift tern with prey
Swift tern with prey

Flying Swift tern with prey
Flying Swift tern with prey

Swift tern returns with prey
Swift tern returns with prey

Swift tern on cloudless sky
Swift tern on cloudless sky

Swift tern flies out to sea
Swift tern flies out to sea

Swift tern move onto the sea
Swift tern move onto the sea

Swift tern returns back to the island
Swift tern returns back to the island

Flying Swift tern Dyer Island
Flying Swift tern Dyer Island

Flying Swift tern with fish prey
Flying Swift tern with fish prey

Swift tern lands
Swift tern lands

Swift tern with fish prey
Swift tern with fish prey

Swift tern before the stone wall
Swift tern before the stone wall

Swift tern with fish
Swift tern with fish

Flying Swift tern
Flying Swift tern

Seevoegelkolonie
Seevoegelkolonie

Concentration of Swift terns
Concentration of Swift terns

Swift tern flies over the island
Swift tern flies over the island

Swift tern feeds a chick
Swift tern feeds a chick

Swift terns on Dyer Island
Swift terns on Dyer Island

Concentration of Swift terns
Concentration of Swift terns

Swift tern colony
Swift tern colony

Swift tern colony
Swift tern colony

Swift tern colony
Swift tern colony

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