Friday, July 02, 2010

juvenile Common Terns

this newly fledged family were learning to fish -- the light was poor  - the juvs often sat on the boardwalk handrail watching the water intently they would then drop from the rail into the water --with amazing frequency they actually caught small fish -- at other times they employed the more usual flight and plunge dive although the latter was often more of a belly flop but even so they were hitting fish on 70% of dives staggering for birds that have only been flying for a week

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