Arctic Terns (Sterna paradisaea) are determined little critters who don’t do things by halves! From August to October each year they fly southwards almost continuously from their breeding grounds near the Arctic Circle to spend summer on the Antarctic ice.
One of their migratory routes spreads westward into the southern Atlantic Ocean and eastward into the Southern Ocean from mid west Africa. Not surprisingly, some birds will get blown off course and turn up on Australia’s southern shores.
Since the beginning of October this little fella has been seen regularly at Mordialloc Beach and Ricketts Point. Hopefully there’s enough Arctic Tern tucker (plankton, fish and crustaceans) around to help refuel and finish the trip to Antarctica.