Wednesday, 15 September 2010

White-winged Black Tern


News this afternoon of a juv white-winged black tern at Cresswell Pond was a good excuse to not do any exercise / wash the car / do ironing / cut the lawn.

I arrived a little after three to find only a handful of people watching this active marsh tern feeding at the north end of the main pool. A strong headwind was suffice to "hold" the bird in a bay for feeding, but it was still a very tricky subject to photograph. Several others arrived over the next hour and good views were had by all, albeit in awkward light.

At 16:15 the bird lifted and headed out towards the sea... only to return a few minutes later to give equally good views for a further thirty minutes before heading north, possibly to Bell's Pond.
 

 &Two wood sandpiper, two ruff and a greenshank were also available.

4 comments:

Richard King said...

Nice shot of the tern just above the water, nice light and sharp. I like those Peregrine pics too, great encounter.

Stu said...

Nice find and a great BIF shot to boot........

PCF said...

Cracking shots John

John Malloy said...

Thanks very much - wwbt are always tricky to photograph - they're real quick movers!