Thursday, 8 July 2010

July 2005...

...was a very good month for terns, with trips to Cemlyn Bay (Anglesey) for the sooty tern, Leighton Moss (Lancashire) for caspian tern, and more locally, Whitley Bay (Northumberland) for roseate tern and black tern. If I remember correct, Norfolk had lesser crested tern in July 2005 too! All photographs presented here were taken with the trusty Canon 10D ~ wouldn't mind another pop at a UK sooty with the 1D...


Sooty Tern - great bird seen on a very hot July afternoon - heat haze was a real problem! Twitched with Tom, who had dipped the previous day!



Caspian Tern - seen one week after the Cemlyn sooty... twitched after an overtime shift at work, so arrived in the afternoon when the light was unfavourable. Pre-Mull Bryan was there too!



Adult Roseate Tern - St Mary's (Whitley Bay) enjoyed a few years of good mid summer roseate tern gatherings, numbers have since dropped off.



Fluke photo of immature black tern and immature roseate tern.


2 comments:

Bryan Rains said...

That Caspian Tern was a peach. I remember the hide emptying as I arrived and then the bird appearing in front of the hide - top stuff. It was another week before I got the Sooty Tern!

Stu said...

June is a good month for Terns here, I found Hokkaido's first ever Caspian and second ever Gull Billed............

Wow you got Caspian at Leighton Moss. So many times i went there as a kid in the early 80's and saw literally nothing. Times change.........