Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Common Tern

Local Birding colleagues had observed Arctic Terns on one of lakes in the Parkland this last week. 
So I went searching to see if I could get some images. I have in previous years been fortunate to observe these amazing birds on the Parkland lakes. Arctic Terns have in the past used the lakes as a staging post on their long haul flight from the Antarctic to the Arctic.

Unfortunately I could only find Common Terns I believe, although I struggle to tell the difference, so I took a few shots of them. 
They will fly along the edge of the largest lake in the Parkland and dive for fish in the shallow areas.




I did catch one dive albeit somewhat late.....,


.... but it was a successful dive as you can observe from these images below.








Some of these may be Arctic Terns, but I doubt it. {:))








24 comments:

  1. I'm never confident about what sort of Tern I'm looking at, but they are all amazing and I could sit for hours just watching them fly and dive.

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  2. Cracking shots Roy!!

    .. am still waiting for them to arrive at my local reserve.. saw them on 15 April last year and none seen yet...

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  3. Fabulous series of images of the Common Tern. I have yet to see one although I hae seen the Sandwich Terns

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    1. Thanks Margaret. Now I can recognise a Sandwich Tern. {:))

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  4. Great shots Roy and nice to see it catching a fish, we have a pair that come back to the Tarn every year, I like to watch them flying.
    Amanda xx

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  5. Great shots! I haven't seen our terns yet.
    Two years ago, I found one Roseate tern in with a flock of 200 common terns. http://shootingmyuniverse.bl ogspot.com/2013/06/terns-at-cranes-beach.html

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    1. Thanks Steve.
      I will check that out, but I expect I have seen it as I have been following your blog for a long time now.

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  6. The Arctic has no black tip to the bill I think, and deeper tail forks. Had an arctic reported near here, and I expect to see commons the next time I go to RSPB Langford

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  7. Splendour pictures of the tern in flight, nice to see.
    Greetings Tinie

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  8. Gorgeous, sharp shots, made me feel as if I were in the air too:)

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  9. Hey Roy... I always feel bad for birds who get the term "Common" ;) Now of course the birds could care less!!!
    Beautiful shot's...nothing common here! Love the diving ones!

    Grace

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  10. Fascinantes photos Roy, bravo. Ces belles sont rapides.

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  11. Great series of photos. You always get such great action shots. Since I have never seen ANY tern, I think they are great whatever kind they are :-)

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  12. Lovely set of images, I did enjoy seeing the catch of the day! I must look out for them here.

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