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Jun 11, 2011, 9:32:07 AM
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Least Tern by Ryser915 Least Tern by Ryser915
Least Terns are our smallest North American tern. They nest in large colonies, usually on sandy beaches. Least Terns are known for their fearless defense of their colonies during breeding season. They will mercilessly attack an intruder, striking repeatedly dive-bombing it, and striking it with their bills, Least Terns will even intentionally defecate on an intruder with a well aimed strike. I am fortunate enough to census Least, Common, and Roseate Tern colonies during breeding season. Because of this, I am the subject of attack by these birds on a regular basis. This particular bird was on a crash course with my face. Usually they pull away at the last second, but you can never be too sure!

Ridgevale Beach
Chatham, Massachusetts

June 11, 2011
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RomanceSoldier Jun 30, 2011  Student Photographer
It looks like a torpedo flying at your lens :XD: I like it.
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bonefish Jun 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Intense! Great focus and nice job capturing a head-on shot. It's the look that seabird researchers quickly learn to dread when working around colonies. I did some work with gulls a few years back, and their defenses are similar to the terns' repertoire. By comparison, I guess the gulls are kind of like bombers and the terns are more like fighter jets... the little guys can pull off some wicked aerial maneuvers at high speed.
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Etrol Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah... it looks like a proper warrior
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ANewCreation Jun 13, 2011
Unbelievable shot! :clap: Well done!!
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SetsiAngelSailor Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I absulotly love this shot ! :D
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:iconcantabrigian:
Superbly timed shot.
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anjules Jun 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Fantastic shot :)
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davincipoppalag Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool head on image!
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eDDie-TK Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning !
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