Saturday, June 18, 2011

Terns

We were standing on Union Quay in North Shields this afternoon (after an excellent fish and chip lunch in the Waterfront), watching a ship move off from its mooring on the quayside. The ship's bow-thrusters churned up the water and several small, silvery fish came floating to the surface. Almost instantly, seemingly from nowhere, terns arrived .....

....spotted the fish ....

..... hovered for a second or two ...

... rolled into a dive ....

.... splashed down (pity this wasn't sharper)

... and made off with the spoils.

17 comments:

  1. That's the fish, then - but where do they get their chips Phil? Great sequence of shots!

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  2. An excellent series of shots Phil. I'm glad you enjoyed your fish too:-) I recommend the fish and chip shop at Seaton Sluice as well. Cheers Brian.

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  3. I was wondering about the chips too:) Wonderful shots- fit to be in a book.

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  4. Great action sequence Phil.
    Their success rate is pretty high at catching them too.

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  5. Excellent series.........I can watch Terns for ages.

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  6. Graceful birds perfectly caught. Marvellous shots Phil. I fancy some fish now.

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  7. All the species of Terns are absolutely superb. I played around North Shields Fish Quay and surrounding area as a child and it was always a great adventure. So many places to explore. Not quite the same now but i always enjoy a visit............even without the fish supper!

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  8. Hi Rob., They're wonderfully graceful birds Rob - no wonder they call them sea butterflies..

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  9. Hi Brian, I'll try out the Seaton Sluice chippy Brian - thanks!

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  10. Hi lotusleaf, beautiful birds, aren't they?

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  11. Hi Keith, it amazes me how far they submerge themselves...

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  12. Hi Adrian, amazing how long their wings are when fully outstretched isn't it?.... no wonder their flight is so buoyant...

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  13. Hi Toffeeapple, I can recommend the cod and chips at the Waterfront....

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  14. I know what you mean John, it's one of my favourite places (being keen on ships as well as wildlife)

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  15. Lovely sequence of shots; I especially like the second picture. Terns are such amazing graceful birds.

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  16. Couldn't agree more about their natural grace swanscot - they seem to float in the air..

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