Going downhill it’s about a 3 minute walk to the beach from our casa. Coming back takes a little bit longer and can be a story in itself. Debbie and I are on a mission today to try and shoot an Elegant Tern. I took a photograph of one the other day but it’s too fuzzy for me. This Osprey is watching us as we touch the sand.
Often called fish-eagles or fish-hawks, we can see these birds diving from where we live. Then we see some healthy looking Brown Pelicans. They have spotted a ball of baitfish and begin to put on a show for us. At first, they’re just cruising.
Their leader spots lunch.
Then all heck breaks out!
Here’s Debbie, poised to capture the action.
A Yellow-footed Gull flies by to inspect us a little closer.
Here comes the bird we’re looking for, I think. A closer look through the binos and I can see that this is a Royal Tern and not an Elegant, ahh shucks. Good bird anyway. Here he comes.
He takes a look.
Turns to start the dive.
Makes a splash trying to catch a small fish and…
Off he goes!
This was a very windy day at the beach. The wind actually helps with shooting because it slows the subject down a bit. Terns are fast fliers and always seem to be on the move. Between the 2 of us we took more than 500 photos during that hour and kept about a dozen but it was worth the effort. Happy Holidays to everyone from Chris and Debbie.