Friday, August 22, 2008

Gloucester Harbor's Common Terns

My first posting was a photo study of Least Terns from Cranes Beach. Later in the summer, Common Terns come into Gloucester Harbor. Common Terns are slightly larger and have more of a glide in their flight pattern. This adult Common Tern has red legs, a red bill with a black tip and a black head. This one has been banded as part of a study.

Common Tern (c)2008 ShootingMyUniverse

Terns patrol up and down the harbor as they hunt for small fish that are swimming near the surface.

Common Tern (c)2008 ShootingMyUniverse

You will see terns hovering or “kiting” in the wind, looking down before they dive for a fry.

Common Tern (c)2008 ShootingMyUniverse

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