The summer season welcomes Caspian Terns to our Washington coastline each year. These naturally curious shorebirds are quite beautiful with their striking black head and coral-red bill. They are also very vocal and can be extremely aggressive while defending their breeding colony. I’ve found myself being yelled out quite often if I near these guys. You can find them mingling with the local seagulls even though they seem like they would prefer to be left completely alone.
- Caspian Terns are larger and more robust than other terns.
- Their pointed red bill and black cap distinguishes it easily from gulls.
- The largest breeding colony in North America is off the coast of Oregon and Washington.
- Flies over water with bill pointing down; plunges into water to catch fish.
- More information can be found at AllAboutBirds.org
The terns were some of the first shorebirds that I had the opportunity to photograph with the new camera. I’m pretty pleased with the initial results…what is your opinion?
Yes, I still have lots of work to do to learn all the manual settings but I think I’m progressing nicely. I initially tried to capture shots which I had previously tried with the old camera and these actually turned out pretty close to the way I pictured in my mind.
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