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Flying By With Lunch

Gulls and terns were snagging lunch out of the pond and flying off to eat it on a recent gorgeous blue-skyed day.

Tern Flying with Fish
Common Tern Flying with Fish

The gulls will try to steal another bird’s catch so a successful hunter will quickly move on to a safer spot to eat.

Tern Flying with Fish
Tern Flying with Fish

Most of the catching was on the other side of the pond, swooping away from me.

Tern Catching Fish
Tern Catching Fish

This tern opted to fly low with his catch.

Common Tern Flying with Fish
Common Tern Flying with Fish

While a gull took off higher before disappearing over the marsh.

Gull Flying with Fish
Laughing Gull Flying with Fish

August 4, 2020

Tern and Chick

A large portion of the marsh behind Botany Bay Beach is cordoned off to keep humans from interfering with breeding shore birds. Their nests are nothing more than depressions in the sand and aside from the obvious egg destruction by human feet many of these birds just don’t like to be disturbed by man or his pets while raising their young.

Breeding season was over when I took these images but a few young stragglers were on the beach on August 4th.

Tern at the Shore
Tern at the Shore

This young tern didn’t seem to know what to do. The sun had just come up and he probably should have been looking for breakfast.

Tern Chick at the Shore
Tern Chick at the Shore

An adult was nearby, but I didn’t see them interact.

Tern at the Shore
Tern at the Shore

This may be the same young bird, I spotted a bit further down the beach.

Tern Chick at the Shore
Tern Chick at the Shore