12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Elegant Tern in Flight Chasing Dropped Fish
Many egrets, cormorants and terns were fishing at a water inlet pipe near the shoreline, and all three species were regularly catching fish, crabs and other food. Several of the terns flew a “circuit” and hovered above the pipe outlet for a few moments, often diving into the water to grab a fish. In one case, after diving in and catching a fish, a tern flew off with its catch, but then dropped it in mid-air. Here, the tern is chasing down the dropped fish to catch it again!
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||Nov. 27, 2014, 2:38 p.m.