Sunday, December 23, 2012


Look at this crazy tern! Terns are my favorite gull-type bird to watch.  Gulls, terns and skimmers are generally grouped together in bird guides. I have never seen a skimmer on the river, but after the nesting season, I will see terns fairly commonly. They will occasionally skim the water with their bill below the surface like a skimmer - at least briefly. But they can also dive straight into the water like this one is getting ready to do.  This one is concentrating so intently on it's target, that it is making it's body do whatever it takes to capture the prey successfully.  I don't think it has twisted it's head around but rather it has kept it's head aligned and twisted it's body around to keep it on target.

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