Terns and Gulls

by John Briggs on June 11, 2007

in Blog, Weekend Birding

Continuing from the previous article, Sunday morning brought a pleasant surprise when we arrived at Vines Landing in [tag]Biddeford Pool[/tag].

At slack tide, hundreds of [tag]fish[/tag] were surfacing in the Gut and Common Terns along with Bonaparte Gulls were having their fill of the tasty treats. We stood in amazement as the Terns hovered and then dove to capture their prey. The Gulls were no less acrobatic, plunging into the water and re-emerging with a mouth full of fish.

Double-Crested Cormorants and Snowy Egrets also participated in the feeding frenzy. A lone Black-Crowned Night Heron made his way along the opposite shore, becoming angered when seagulls and Egrets came near.

It is quite difficult to [tag]photograph[/tag] the action when these [tag]birds[/tag] are swooping and diving, especially with a background that includes rocks and a grassy hillside. Gaining focus was troublesome, but it was fun none-the-less.

Please enjoy the action as we saw it Sunday morning at the Gut.

Bonaparte Gull - Vines Landing - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Bonaparte Gull - Vines Landing - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Bonaparte Gull - Vines Landing - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Bonaparte Gull - Vines Landing - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Bonaparte Gull - Vines Landing - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Bonaparte Gull - Vines Landing - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Common Tern - Vines Landing - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Common Tern - Vines Landing - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Common Tern - Vines Landing - Biddeford Pool, Maine.
Common Tern - Vines Landing - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Common Tern - Vines Landing - Biddeford Pool, Maine. Common Tern - Vines Landing - Biddeford Pool, Maine.

Tomorrow: Egrets and the rest of the action.

Happy [tag]birding[/tag]!

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