White-capped Noddy

White-capped Noddy The White-capped Noddy is very similar to the Common Noddy, I would not dare to tell the difference if seeing the bird just sitting somewhere. But on Lady Elliot one can see the White-capped nesting on the ground making a clear difference to the Common Noddy, nesting on trees.

The guide introducing us to the birds of Lady Elliot said, the "nodding" as shown in the picture was a special habit of seabirds, helping them to get rid of the salt. But in fact, if one has a chance to observe birds from close, one will notice, many birds display this distinctive look at their feet. Even parrots living in cages and tits in the middle of Europe which never even had seen the sea. But even experts in birds cannot explain, what that look is for.

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