Saturday, 6 July 2013

Bridled & Banded

Fridays work stopped abruptly when news of the Bridled Tern at Cresswell broke. I rang the Alans but only AJJ was available for the trip and off we headed. On arrival a phalanx of scope and camera carrying people were rushing down the dunes toward the pond and the bird was clearly over the other side. Not easy to view on the ground when huddled with the Common Terns but when it flew it stood out like a dark shadow and very elegant too. One pass in front of us and plenty of action on the far side of the pond. 
Then alternating perching and flying before it flew out to sea going higher and higher as it went. Well worth the trip with the added bonus of two Arctic Skuas over the pond and a Cuckoo in the dunes. I repeated the venture again this morning hoping the late visit to East Chevington would mean the bird would still be around bit no show despite a gathering of fifty plus birders at Cresswell. Some interesting banter though with three birders from Norfolk and CP. Heading back home after news broke the bird was at Saltholme I called in at Bellasis. Perfect conditions for the Banded Demoiselles five of whom chased around below the bridge.
One male preferred this bit of flotsam on which to perch from where it made feeding sorties and chased two other males when they came close.
This female preferred a moss covered rock nearby.
The inevitable not quite flight shot. Just too tempting to resist.

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