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Saturday, 18 June 2011

Common as muck

It was grey, miserable and overcast, but I can't drive past and ignore them...

More aerobatics from the Common Terns. A number of juveniles, about 7, I made it, another 6 nests with eggs and pairs still mating... this may go on a bit longer this year than previous years. Dad had been out fishing, but so big was his catch, he ate it himself! Once out of the tryes, the artificial nests, the youngsters can't get back in! However the parents are taking great care of them, harassing the gulls and any dogs (on the 'promenade') that come anywhere near, so opportunity for some more photos. Only issue was the light, but once again terrific fun watching the antics of these Terns.


Martin Jump said...

Geoff Wonderful action shots.Wait till we get a nice sunny day and I will see you there.

Pete Woodruff said...

Geoff....you're images of these Common Terns are brilliant again, the one with the 'large' fish is particularly good. You'd better keep on calling in there I reckon as the results are excellent and getting better every time.

Brian Rafferty said...

Geoff. More brilliant tern images.. I too will probably see you down there soon.

Geoff Gradwell said...

Thanks folks and grateful for all your messages and encouragement – I am just a hard taskmaster upon myself, always seeking 'the best' and fear I fail (must be a personality disorder). The Terns are great fun, their greeting and courtship which I haven't posted yet this year, their defence of territory, they take no prisoners with black-backed gulls, however big and of course once the juveniles are about and growing, feeding will be open and their behaviour as they as juveniles grow up. Next few weeks will be worth a visit or two.