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Lens: DA* 300 Camera: K5 Photo Location: Maryland ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/500s Aperture: F5 
Posted By: joe.penn, 06-25-2012, 10:31 PM

Ok, so, this bird has to be the coolest bird I have ever seen in Maryland. This guy comes flying in out of nowhere while I was shooting the other day - it was a site to see, he would fly rather fast, then out of nowhere he would climb straight up like an F22 fighter jet then dive straight down into the water and then pull back out. I have seen these guys before but I can not find any identification on the bird site for him, any help is appreciated...

Just after a dip, missed his prey so appears to be staging for the next dive...


Appears to have spotted his meal, he was moving at a high speed and all of a sudden was hovering for about a second...


After hovering, he dove straight down (like a missile getting ready to hit it's target)...


This time he was successful (small minnow in bill)...

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06-25-2012, 10:54 PM   #2
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Reminds me of tern (right behaviour and hunting habits), if it is one then probably a juvenile... Need a US based birder to confirm that though..

My guess maybe a juv black tern?
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My guess would be a juvenile common tern.

http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/465/_/Common_Tern.aspx
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Yep, forgot about Common!

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Could be a Forsters Tern. Can't really tell though. Behavior is definitely a tern's.
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Awesome! Looks like the common - thanks for the identification!!!
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Least Tern (Sterna antillarum), probably one-year old.
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Super shots! Reminds me too of the Kingfishers I love watching. Thanks so much for posting!

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Cool behavioural sequence Joe !
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QuoteOriginally posted by pete-tarmigan Quote
Least Tern (Sterna antillarum), probably one-year old.
I would agree

Here is a common tern. Look at the difference in proportions
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QuoteOriginally posted by tessfully Quote
Super shots! Reminds me too of the Kingfishers I love watching. Thanks so much for posting!
Thanks Tess...

QuoteOriginally posted by Frogfish Quote
Cool behavioural sequence Joe !
Thanks Kevin - I have gone back a couple of times and have not seen anymore, hopefully I can catch them again before the season is over...

QuoteOriginally posted by pete-tarmigan Quote
Least Tern (Sterna antillarum), probably one-year old.
QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
I would agree

Here is a common tern. Look at the difference in proportions
Thanks Guys - it does look like a "least tern"...
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