Posted by: mynaturaldiary | May 17, 2009

Return of the Terns

Paddy’s Pool at the RSPB reserve at Saltholme offers a fine view of the Common terns which now nest on the island, together with Black Headed Gulls. They make a constant noise, like most seabird colonies, both in the air and on the ground.

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A lucky tern is caught in the act of catching a fish.

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Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

In the air are many Black Headed Gulls

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Black headed gull (Larus ridibundus)

Together they nest on the island before the hide.

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In the reed beds are a pair of Great Crested Grebes, who are nesting. One ventures out onto the pool.

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Great crested grebe (Podiceps cristatus)

In the distance a pair of Barnacle Geese graze.

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Barnacle goose (Branta leucopsis)

Finally, in the far distance, a Great White Egret.  It’s so far away it stretches the photography to the limit.

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Great white egret (Ardea alba)


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