Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water

Tern: Working His Water Exit

Royal Tern, wings out of the water:

Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water
Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water

One strong down wing beat:

Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water
Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water

Pulling up out of the water:

Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water
Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water

A second strong down wing beat:

Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water
Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water

The fish catch held in his beak is sticking out on either side of the tern’s body:

Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water
Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water

A third beat of the wings and tern is fully away from the water with his lunch flapping:

Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water
Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water

This series was over in two seconds.

Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water
Royal Tern Lifting Out of Water

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