One of these pools, at the southern end of the patch, contained a family of folk, watching dozens of terns literally feeding among them. I ran back to my car, zoomed south and armed with the camera headed for the pool.
I spent the next hour, strides removed, down to my under-crackers, so I could get closer shots, in the pool photographing terns. I was hypothermic when I had filled my 16gb memory card. I tried to tweet, but my hands were shaking too much.
I've deleted tons of shots and played around with some of the better ones. Here they are.
|common terns eyeing up some food|
|Like planes landing at Heathrow, a queue of terns waiting to feed|
|A colour-ringed bird. hopefully enough in this shot to trace it|
|Roseate tern - one of at least five|
|Another roseate tern|
|Sandwich tern action|
|HMS Severn was loitering in the bay today|
Other news from the patch - I tried a ringing session on Thursday morning which was poor, Sundays little influx of birds has moved through leaving only local breeders. I only caught five birds from 0530-1130. Two robins, two sedge warblers and a wren - all juvenile birds.