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!
June 11, 2011
June 11, 2011
It looks like a torpedo flying at your lens I like it.
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.
yeah... it looks like a proper warrior
Unbelievable shot! Well done!!
I absulotly love this shot !
Superbly timed shot.
cool head on image!
LOL! Looks like a poster for a superhero movie. Great shot!
FANTASTIC photo! such a perfect moment captured
I didn't know that terns were so aggressive...nice photo!
Yeah. He/She looks a lil pissed off. AMAZING shot though. This should be a DD.