The Least Terns prefer sandy beaches that are clear of vegetation. Here is one of the delightful terns waiting on the beach.
It turned out that this is a female. A male returned from fishing and I watched him give her a minnow. Unfortunately, the pictures did not come out very well.
This is most likely a male, hanging about with a minnow in his mouth. This time of year, many of the least terns can be found with minnows, advertising his abilities to be a provider.
Again, another probable male. Note that I caught him blinking. He has white eye lids.
This is a Least Tern nest that I photographed last year. It was on the edge of the colony, below the high tide line. To be sure, I waited at a distance for the hen to fly off the nest before photographing this egg. During the following week, we had a new moon and the tide rose above this nest and the egg was lost.
This is the third Least Tern post this week from images taken Tuesday. Be sure to see my breading behavior and flight posts.
We have had three days of wet weather. Gray, gray, gray. The weather finally broke this morning. I went over to East Gloucester to talk with Joey of GoodMoringGloucester and I just couldn’t believe the colors. These photos are right out of the camera without messing with the colors or saturation. These are uncropped, full framed images. Just a little sharpening, which I always need to do.
I have a couple of local weather vanes for this SkyWatch Friday. The first photo comes from a post Thursday, July 31, 2008. Since then, the Trinity Congregational Church steeple has been renovated and the weather vane has received a face lift. This is what it looked like last July.
Here is the cod weather vane as it looks today.
This the Town Hall weather vane with an American Crow. This is a spring shot, not a fall photo. This is the color of the leaves on this tree.
I happened upon a pair of Least Tern courting in Ipswich. This is the first time that I’ve seen Least Tern mating. It is a wonderful sight as they do a little ritual looking to the left, freezing, then looking to the left, back and forth. After the male mounts the female, he passes the minnow to her and she horks it down. It’s all part of the ritual.
I was extremely luck because every shot I took was a keeper. LOL, later a pair landed about 50 feet way from me and the male gave the female a minnow and not one of the shots came out. Ah, the life of a wildlife photographer. “Um, Mr. Tern, could you do that again, a little more to the right.” Nah. It just doesn’t happen that way.
These were all taken in the desert of Palm Springs last March. The Bewick's Wren (photos 1 and 2) and the Cactus Wren (photo 3) are old friends from California. I did post a Bewick's Wren photo earlier.
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