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.
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.
Wow! These shots are amazing. That fish sure got lucky this time.
Thanks for checking these out Mike and glad you liked seeing one get away! 🙂
Amazing pictures Phil. Love those feet! Very trendy! 🙂
I understand those snappy looking red feet are all the rage in Paris these days. 🙂
Exquisite photos of a beautiful little bird, Phil!
Thank you very much, glad you enjoyed our fast flying terns Laurie!
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”.
Ha! “As the World Terns” Love it! I’ll have to steal, uh, I mean use that for an upcoming tern post title! 😀
Those feet really are special aren’t they?!
These pictures of these beautiful little birds are fantastic, Phil! They fly so fast, it’s hard to keep up with them without trying to photograph them as well!
I must look like a crazy person out there whipping my camera around trying to follow these fast little guys. 🙂
I appreciate you looking and commenting Pat, thanks!
Great details and color. These guys are so hard to get when they are hovering like that.
I am amazed to see what 7D Mk II can do in your hands. I have no way of processing RAW files but your pictures tell me that JPegs are very good.