I'm super happy this evening - I finally got some of the Tern shots I've been imagining since I first saw one migrating through last year. Today just as we were getting ready for dinner I spotted a whole group of Terns all fishing at the same time, and not letting the opportunity be missed I frantically grabbed my camera and sprinted out as fast as I could! (Thanks Mum for putting up with me - grin!)
There were at least 4, possibly 5 Terns in total - it was hard to count since they were all flying around quite fast and there was definitely at least one gull with an identity problem to confuse matters (hey, who am I to tell him how to live his life - lol!)
Two of them I'm guessing were the ones I saw before. I'm now fairly certain that it's a parent and youngster as it was fairly clear that the larger one was trying to 'teach' the other how to fish (without a huge amount of success).
The adult would head over to the quieter side of the pond, appearing to 'scout out' the water for fish...
Once satisfied, a few calls would encourage a somewhat over enthusiastic youngster over
To catch fish, the birds slow their flight pointing their heads downwards and stalling before closing their wings and diving head first into the water.
Our youngster seemed to be somewhat apprehensive about the whole ordeal however, resulting in a lot of frantic last minute flapping to stop the dive...
To further complicate things neither of the two birds seemed to appreciate the other Terns joining in the fun - there was several angry swoops made at nearby birds and a lot of calling
Luckily there seemed to be plenty of fish to go around, and soon everyone (well nearly everyone - you'll figure it out soon enough little one...) had caught a fish!
Aww good effort!
Ok try again!
It's a two for one!! High Score!
Since everyone seemed to really enjoy my 'nearly' shots last time I thought I'd post a few of my favourites again.
It's amazing how hard it is to actually keep the bird in view when they're diving and swooping everywhere - I'm actually fairly impressed I didn't fall over a couple times when they few over my head lol!
Here's Yoga Tern carefully balancing on the rooftop (grin!)
This goose was getting jealous of all the attention the Terns were getting....
It's always such a great feeling when patience, persistence and some mindless determination pay off! And the crazy thing is that while all this was happening I saw several people strolling passed, their eyes glued to their phone screens, completely unaware of the amazing sights around them! This weekend, take some time to put down the laptop, phone, ipad, etc, go outside and just enjoy this amazing world we live in!
Trust me, you really never know what you might find!