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PIC OF THE WEEK: 06/13/11 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2011 PICS

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Least Terns

(Sternula antillarum)

Where: Outer Banks, NC • Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge

Notes: That morning, I had set up the blind on the beach at the edge of the surf in hopes of getting close to a group of sandpipers that had visited that spot earlier. The tide was receding and the sand bar was becoming more and more exposed by the minute. This is when the sandpipers will probably find this spot most desirable, I thought. Well, after a couple of quiet hours only a couple of Semipalmated Sandpipers and a Willet had shown up. The Terns were flying all around and one or two had stopped to bathe in the shallows near the sandbar. I thought about packing up and leaving when finally, a Least Tern landed on the beach in front of my hide. Moments later, another tern landed next to her with a fish in its beak. Soon he began to stretch out his neck and raise his wings. His head swayed left and right as if to offer the fish as a show of his ability to provide. This went on persistently for a several minutes, even as she seemed to ignore his offering and advances. Every once and a while she would scoot over a little and he would waddle behind in pursuit, waving the fish back and forth. Eventually another Least Tern flew in and disrupted his dance and they all flew off together.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 400mm Prime L Series Lens F-5.6 USM • • Manfroto Tripod • Doghouse Blind

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1600 second • Aperture = f 10.0 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 200 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~20 Feet • Date Shot: 06-11-11

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