Little Tern hunting

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Lee Tiah Khee’s dramatic images of a Little Tern (Sterna albifrons) diving into the water to catch a fish were captured in May 2009. He spent the entire morning waiting to document the tern hunting. It wasn’t an easy task. These birds were fast flying and unpredictable. It took two whole hours before he had enough exposures to put together the rapid sequence of diving into the water (above), catching a fish and flying off with the catch (below). And his prize shot? The moment the bird hit the water, a shot he has been trying to get for years (below left).

Sometime the birds hovered before diving. Other times they did not.

This post is a cooperative effort between NaturePixels.org and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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