The Least Tern Dive

Weeks ago I was working on photographing the Least Terns that were busily flying back and forth and diving for small fish in front of our community’s Osprey nest platform across the waters of Marshy Creek.  What a challenge!  What fun!  What a huge amount of photo deletes!

I especially loved watching them dive.  Just like an Osprey, they dive full-force into the water submerging themselves.  But they aren’t so lucky to have talons like the Osprey to grab the fish, the Least Terns use their beak and skim/scoop up the tiny fish.   Such simple nature entertainment!

Finally, I got lucky with one of the Least Terns diving.  He flew actually a bit closer than they normally were and was off to the left of the Osprey nest platform when he took the plunge!  Here’s the series of my best shots captured of his dive.

Least Tern diving for a fish

Least Tern diving for a fish

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Unfortunately, he came up empty but was quickly searching and diving once again with all his fellow terns.   🙂

Hope you enjoyed and thank you for stopping by!

23 thoughts on “The Least Tern Dive

    • Of all the days I kept trying, this one day the water was so calm, I knew if I could just stay on one focused diving, it could turn out pretty cool. 🙂 Many thanks Tom!

  1. These kind of action shots are so challenging to capture (I had to chuckle at your mention of all the deleted photos). I can imagine how entertaining it would be to wash these birds capture fish.

    • I enjoy every minute of it. Including just sitting on the balcony and watching & listening to them and the other birds. Hubby says when we sell this place, we’re advertising as ‘a birder’s paradise’, lol. No time soon though!

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