The family wanted to visit the beach today, and I made the decision to tag along. Beach outings, unless it's a decent shorebird beach, tend to fall flat. But as they say, "you never know", and that phrase could not have been more applicable today. The first sightings on the beach were, unsurprisingly, several flocks of silver gulls and crested terns. These are probably the staple species of the beaches around Port Phillip Bay.
I also spotted this decently close Australasian gannet cruising around the pier, probably the best views I've had of this species despite the poor lighting (and the photograph doesn't help).
While walking back along the beach I encountered an interesting small tern in a dusky immature looking plumage. Being an amateur birder and all I really knew nothing about terns, and tossed the possibility of "white-winged black tern" as besides crested that was really the only small tern I knew occurred in this part of Australia.
I took a few photos and left it there. I soon encountered a second small tern. This was a more adult-looking bird which clearly was not a white-winged black tern but something of a common tern or other Sterna. It only landed briefly and in bad lighting, so my best images were flight shots.