Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cranes Beach Least Terns

The Crane Hill Castle has been used as a location for several films including the Witches of Eastwick. Below the estate in Cranes Beach, my personal favorite local beach. Why? Because it is managed as a wildlife habitat as well as a public beach. This time of year, the Least Terns have been back for some time, but they are not entirely friendly. It is the breeding season and these little guys didn’t get to survive by being timid.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

I won’t go into the nesting grounds. The staff and volunteers have them roped off so there isn’t a chance that you will stray into them by accident. But let me assure you, these pint-sized terns will not let you come in anyway! Usually when nesting season starts, you would have to get within about 10-15 feet of the roped off areas prior to getting chased off. What I noticed in this beach walk is that they will fly in from 50 to 100 yards to give any intruder a stern warning and dive bomb any threat that approaches the area. This can be quite intimidating for the average person who may not be used to birds diving at them and letting go of an an occasional pooh.( I wonder how folks cope at high tide when they have to just about walk along the roped off areas.)

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

However far away from the nesting area, the Least Terns are happy to be hanging out on the beach. Here is one that I was able to spend some time with.

©2011 Steve Borichevsky

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©2011 Steve Borichevsky


Karen said...

That's a mansion! Love the little Terns...great shots!

ksdoolittle said...

Aren't they precious!! We have Common Terns nesting on a rock island just off shore. They go bolistic if anyone approaches anywhere near them in their boat. Lobster season just finished up. I wonder how they handled that every day? We put the scope on the babies and they are still soft and fluffy little balls. ~karen

Carol Mattingly said...

OMG! I love this post Steve. And that one bird looks like he's looking up to the Gods. Lovely. Carol

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