Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Sunday, 2 September 2012

Black Terns

Wow! What a sight on Saturday? I'd had notification of an American Black Tern and a juvenile European Black Tern on Pennington Flash. I had never seen either, so it was a no brainer that I had to go and take a look. It was just a matter of when I could do it without upsetting anybody.
That window came at around 1pm, and after checking it was still around made the 30 minute journey.
There were quite a number of birders lined up outside Horrocks hide, so I knew they were still around. Helpfully, they seemed to be working the water together, so it was easy to follow both. Although they stayed out in the middle of the flash, the light was good, so it was quite easy to track them. They were always too far away to give me anything decent with a 300mm lens, but here are my best efforts. A nice shot of the pair together.

American Black Tern doing the chasing. Quite a lot smaller than the European neighbour.

No you can't! There's only room for one on here!

13 comments:

  1. Very well done and a good couple of shots, a good size comparison.

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  2. Great pictures showing the American Black Tern .... do not know the birds, but beat them up on the web.
    Many of the birds that are displayed by Anni and Stewart we have not in this country (Denmark).
    Can see that you have directed your link to your blog ....... the second link did not work either.
    Wish you a good Sunday :)
    Hanne Bente

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  3. Cool sightings of the Terns. Congrats!

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  4. Wonderful to see Adam.. great pics.

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  5. Certainly worth the time and drive. Beautiful birds!
    Rubbish by Roan

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  6. cute! glad you got to see them.

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  7. Great shots!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  8. A successful twitch Adam. Good to see the comparison.

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  9. nice shots. This is one I´d like to see. :)

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  10. Great find, and very nice photos!

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