Sunday, April 26, 2009

Nesting Terns at Bolsa Chica

Forster's Terns

Went out to Bolsa Chica and the sounds of nesting terns filled the air. I tried to get pictures of terns in the air.

I think this is a Royal Tern in flight.

They flew out in pairs and groups and alone to catch fish.

Forster's Tern.

Near the bridge was a good place to catch them on the wing.

Forster's Tern.

Boy did they go fast!

Forster's Tern.

Some came very close.

This one found a great fishing place on the rail of the footbridge and didn't move from it.


Whatchu lookin' at?

A disapproving glance. I have a zoom camera that zooms to 12x optical and then has digital zoom on top of that, but this fella on the footbridge thought I had gotten close enough.

These two staked out the post--obviously they have been there for a while. They defended it against any tern that ventured near.

Nesting Colony of terns.

The colony of terns was constantly noisy and on the move. One scare and they all flew. It was quite a sight. Nothing is quite as lively as nesting time at Bolsa Chica.

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