The chase

Posted by rajandesai on Thu Jul 29, 2021 3:23 pm

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Least terns are busy feeding their young ones these days. As the sun rises, most parents head out to the ocean to bring breakfast for the chicks. Common terns don't nest on the beach that I regularly visit but are seen resting and bathing sometimes. Even though the common terns are beautiful, they are also bullies and like to harras least terns. They attack, chase, and steal fish from the least terns returning from the ocean. The chattering noise they make as they chase the least tern is very distinctive. The chase can go on for few minutes till the least tern drops the fish giving an easy meal to the common tern. It is not very easy to follow this action; they fly like a bullet, quickly changing directions that can be dizzying. I got lucky with this shot with the early morning sky in the background. I am amazed how well Sony A1 tracks the subject.

Sony A1 + Sony 600mm f/4 HandHeld | Processed using C1
ISO 640 | 1/1250s | f/4

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by Carol Clarke on Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:40 pm
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A good story telling image in beautiful early light and with a lovely colour palette, Rajan!

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by Cindy Marple on Thu Jul 29, 2021 6:19 pm
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Lovely color in the sky to frame this action. I know catching anything is a challenge, and I love that you have them both above the horizon line, and really nice poses on both. It's interesting how many fish-eating birds are thieves and bullies!

by david fletcher on Fri Jul 30, 2021 1:20 am
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Like the info and story Rajan.  Super shot and colours.  As mentioned, it is interesting how oft we hear of thieving some other birds fish.
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by Axel Hildebrandt on Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:52 am
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Great light and mood and thanks for sharing the story.
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