Tern, tern, tern

23 Mar


The Terms and Cormorants work together.  The Cormorants herd the fish together and the Terns dive in and get them.  It was fascinating to watch.  I really loved seeing the Terns hovering over the water and then diving in.  They are so graceful and elegant.


Forster’s Terns feeding on the fish rich waters at Elkhorn Slough.



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13 Responses to “Tern, tern, tern”

  1. jayne 23 March, 2009 at 2:28 am #

    Love the title! “To everything tern, tern, tern…. ” :c)

  2. bevson 23 March, 2009 at 3:42 am #

    Ah, the Elkhorn Slough. Last time I was in that neck of the woods it was closed, so I missed it. Looks fab from your pictures. I am waiting impatiently for Spring. It is too early for terns here. But I am sure they are on their way.

    • Liza Lee Miller 23 March, 2009 at 5:06 am #

      That’s such a shame! Next time, I’ll go with you!!!

  3. MaineBirder 23 March, 2009 at 3:46 am #

    Nice title, got my attention… Great photos!

    It will be awhile until Terns return here. I have a favorite spot to watch nesting Least Terns.

  4. Crafty Green Poet 23 March, 2009 at 5:04 am #

    nice title, great photos and wonderful to see all this going on.

  5. robin andrea 23 March, 2009 at 6:46 am #

    Yes, quite an inspired title. Love it.

  6. bob k 23 March, 2009 at 8:47 am #

    When it comes to cooperating with the cormorants they’re like: “one good tern deserves another”.

  7. ken 23 March, 2009 at 9:15 am #

    Hi Liza, I agree they are incredibly fascinating. Here is a great informational video about Caspian Terns at the Elkhorn Slough. It’s really good!

    Unfortunately, the Caspian Terns have not set up a colony at the Elkhorn Slough in the last several years.

  8. KGMom 23 March, 2009 at 12:25 pm #

    You used the pun in your title–otherwise, you know I’d be using it.

  9. April 23 March, 2009 at 12:35 pm #

    Very pretty pictures of the terns swooping and diving!

  10. mon@rch 23 March, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    I can’t wait for our terns to return!! Maybe I will see some down in VA when I head down there!

  11. Larry Jordan 23 March, 2009 at 8:17 pm #

    Thanks Liza. Now I have the Byrds song running through my head (I love the Byrds 🙂

    That looks like a gorgeous place to birdwatch and your shots of the Terns hovering and diving complete the scene.

  12. Klaus 24 March, 2009 at 5:43 am #

    Very interesting. I’m with Larry on the song! 😉
    Cheers, Klaus

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