Daily Archives: July 5, 2024

Maine! a piece of tern

Least Tern: York County, Maine, USA, July 2024 — Least Terns can be aggressive in defending their territory and are in the habit of dive bombing anyone they feel is too close. And we are talking literal bombing here. My first step when I get home is to get out the wet wipes and remove the guano from my camera and clothing. And I always wear a hat. Sony A6700 with the Tamron 50-400 Di iii VC zoom at 600mm equivalent. Program mode with my evolving birds in flight and action modifications. Processed in Photomator.

Maine! Tern in the sky

While photographing Least Terns in flight, I had to stop a moment and switch cameras to catch the landscape and sky. Turns out I caught a tern in flight as well. Kennebunk, Maine, USA, July 2024. Sony A5100 with 16-50 kit zoom at 24mm equivalent. Auto+ mode. Processed in Photomator.

Maine! Happy Families

Least Tern: York County, Maine, USA, July 2024 — This is the shot I dreamed of the whole three weeks I have been watching these Least Terns who nested within sight of a busy trail at a southern Maine beach. These chicks hatched on Wednesday. Early Thursday, with the sun still behind the clouds, they were venturing out to meet one of the parents for a delivery of fish. The adult had downsized the size of the catch considerably overnight, and was now offering the tiniest little minnow Rock Gunnel that I have ever seen, way smaller than yesterday’s offering, and the chicks were taking them. As soon as the sun broke through, the chicks were back under cover of the adult. They are delicate things yet, with 8 weeks of being tended and fed before they are off on their own adventures. But for now it is happy family time. Remember. Long lens, and lots of respect for the nesting birds…even those who build this close to a tail where everyone who uses the beach has to walk right by. Sony A6700 with the Tamron 50-400 Di ii VC zoom at 600mm equivalent (and cropped). Program mode with my evolving bird modifications. Processed in Photomator. (Why are they two different colors? In a casual search on Google I could find no information to answer that question other than a comment that the color can range from cream white to rust red. When Carol asked, I told her it was so the parents could tell them apart. 🙂