Well I Guess These Terned Out OK
Earlier this week I was watching Forster’s Terns fishing in the salt marsh. These birds are likely the most challenging subject I photograph. Forster’s Terns fly EXTREMELY fast! They will occasionally hover over a spot searching for a fish but then go into a very rapid headfirst dive if they see one. They also jet around in random zig zag patterns which can easily make my head spin trying to follow them and hopefully get one in the frame and in focus. I am constantly switching back and forth between finding one in the air with my own eyes, then trying to reacquire it in the camera, then trying to keep up with it as it zips along, then attempting to take the picture at the right moment and…well you get the idea. It can indeed be frustrating but also can be rewarding if I ever do succeed in catching one in action and especially with a fish in it’s mouth as the real bonus!
Other then their super fast flying style they are quite pretty and interesting birds. Notice their long forked tails and the silver/grey ‘frosting’ on their wings. They also frequently fly with their head’s pointed down toward the water, always in search of a meal. As opposed to gulls, these terns do not linger or swim in the water, it’s a quick in and a quick out then back to work in the air!