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by Whitt Birnie

Freshwater garden pond on Tahitian seashore, French Polynesia.There is a Tahiti far away, beyond the city walls.

SB02 Whitt Birnie seabirds  ID: Greater-Crested Tern, sterna bergii, sterne huppée.Seabirds in freshwater near a lightly inhabited Tahitian shore.

SB03 Whitt Birnie seabirds: Greater-Crested Tern, sterna bergii, sterne huppée.Dozens of seabirds were landing, drinking, bathing, and taking flight, one after the other.

SB04 Whitt Birnie seabirds:  Greater-Crested Tern, sterna bergii, sterne huppée. TahitiThis was certainly their morning ritual, to fly down to the seashore for an early dip, snack and a chat.

SB05 Whitt Birnie, seabirds of Tahiti: Greater-Crested Tern, sterna bergii, sterne huppée. Heads up, coming in for a shallow landing.

SB07 Whitt Birnie, Tahitian seabirds:  Greater-Crested Tern, sterna bergii, sterne huppée.To bathe and dry their delicate wings, they really look like happy and well-adjusted creatures.

SB06 Whitt Birnie, Tahitian seabirds: Greater-Crested Tern, sterna bergii, sterne huppée.Up, up and away.

SB08 Whitt Birnie. Tahitian  seabirds:  Greater-Crested Tern, sterna bergii, sterne huppée.Time for a little fishing.

SB09 Whitt Birnie seabirdsCatching something for breakfast.

SB10 Whitt Birnie seabirdsWith a bill streaking across the water’s surface, she’s a Tahitian Great-Crested Tern (Tarapapa, sterne huppée, sterna Bergii).

SB11 Whitt Birnie. Southwest coast, Tahiti, Tahiti-iti. Seabirds and the internet.A freshwater pond at the edge of the ocean, surfers, coral reef and breakers beyond. The internet cables make for a safe place to meet; interestingly, the seabirds turn their back on the view.

SB12 Whitt Birnie seabirdsPeaceful Tahitian morning, 9 am., warm and green, dark sand, far from the hustle and bustle. People are already online and the cables are singing.

SB14 Whitt Birnie. Tahitian seabirds: Greater-Crested Tern, sterna bergii, sterne huppée.Is the top spot always that much better?

SB15 Whitt Birnie. Tahitian seabirds: Greater-Crested Tern, sterna bergii, sterne huppée. "On the line"I thought of all the telephone conversations, e-mail correspondences, attachments, pictures, posts and social media passing thru the cables as the seabirds chatted and dried their feathers and I thought, “this is a wonderful, wonderful world”. Nature can be so ‘awesome’.SB16 Whitt Birnie. Four Greater-Crested Tern, (sterna bergii, sterne huppée) on the internet cables in Tahiti..Always remember how important a healthy, sustainable environment is, work at convincing the hold-outs how dangerous climate-change is becoming, and try to celebrate Earth Day every day. This concept is not for the birds, it’s serious and concerns all living creatures. This message of tidings will arrive on your screen thru the very telecommunication cables you see here.  The spirits send their greetings too. We’re all in this together. Happy Easter one and all.