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Biggest Tern I’ve Ever Seen

AE7I0803.jpgTerns are a pretty regular sight when hanging out by the sea.  They are prodigious fishers with a seemingly unending appetite.  They drift across the water looking down for the next snack.  Then they spot something and tuck back the wings as they hit the water hard.  I am amazed how often they will dive.  They either miss a lot or they can fly when very full.  Normally, they don’t appear to be the biggest birds around.  While I was out with Roger at Linda Mar, a tern was flying round just below us.  This was by far the largest tern I have seen.  It was a really big bird.  I am not a bird expert so this may not be unusual but we both commented on it.  A photo won’t give much impression of size sadly.  However, I assure you this thing was big.  Maybe he has been eating extra portions of fish!


Taking Your Tern Fishing

wpid10736-C59F8615.jpgSitting on the (dock of the) bay watching the world go by, there were a few birds out fishing. A pelican was fishing a bit too far out for the lens I had. However, a tern was coming in a lot closer to the shore in search of food. He kindly dived in for a catch right in front of me. As he flew away, there was clearly a meal in his beak. Terns are a cool looking bird. The shape of the coloring on their head makes them look even sleeker than they otherwise do.

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