These Little Birds Are Fast! But Not Always Fast Enough…

Earlier this week we had a few of these little super fast flying terns fishing in the salt marsh.

They make me dizzy trying to follow one as it darts about erratically at hyper speeds.

At one point I was tracking this tern as it came swooping in and then seemed to zero right in on it’s prey. It did a quick hover, followed by a rapid descent, where it appeared to have successfully grabbed a nice fish.

But either the tern was so fast it didn’t take time to get a good grasp on the fish, or the fish in this case was even faster then the tern. Because the bird blasted up out of the water minus the fish who could be seen safely swimming away.

I did see some fish get nabbed by these fast flyers, and I’ll have photos of that scene a little later on.

Tern Misses Fish

Tern Misses Fish

Tern Misses Fish

Tern Misses Fish

Tern Misses Fish

Tern Misses Fish

 

16 thoughts on “These Little Birds Are Fast! But Not Always Fast Enough…

  1. Really enjoyed the action sequence. Interesting he didn’t come up with a catch — as you noted the fish got away safely. These guys definitely look like they are built for speed.

    • Actually… as I look more closely at the little fish, I do see what appears to be a red gash on it’s side, probably from where the tern initially hit it. The poor little guy might have swam off but if it’s badly injured will become somebody else’s dinner.

  2. Beautiful wing patterns on those little terns! I agree with Chillbrook on those cute little red feet. The look on that minnows face is priceless. Another episode of “As the World Terns”.

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