Friday, March 23, 2012

Say What???

I took a mid morning stroll through the wetlands yesterday with my now 2-year old. We didn't cover a very large area, but we did enjoy the interesting birds and behaviors we observed, particularly this pair of terns.

Caspian Terns
Viera Wetlands

Caspian Terns
Viera Wetlands

We came upon these terns as they stood in the road engaging in what appeared to be a heated discussion. These terns produce some interesting loud, harsh croaking sounds.


Amidst the discussion, this tern regurgitated something...


While Caspian Terns are known to provide for their offspring for extended periods, I don't believe that was this tern's intention. Caspian Terns typically feed their young whole fish. Both birds seemed perplexed by the strange object excreted by the tern.


The second tern tried to get a better look.


There was some discussion about what sort of things this tern has been consuming....meatballs???


He decided to plead the fifth...

Blue-winged Teal
Viera Wetlands

The Blue-Winged Teal and Limpkin were both so kind to pose for us.

Limpkin
Viera Wetlands

Northern Mockingbird
Viera Wetlands

The caterpillars don't stand much of a chance against the hungry birds!

Great Blue Herons
Viera Wetlands

This adolescent GBH appeared to be letting mom know it was time for lunch!

31 comments:

  1. laughing at the surprise 'nugget'. you catch the greatest shots!

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  2. Tammy....thanks for this wonderful serie photo's,
    they are all so excellent.

    greetings, Joop

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  3. Muy bueno el tema de discusión de estas aves... Buenas imágenes, y muy ilustrativas... Felicidades Tammy... Saludos..

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  4. LOL! Your tern "dialogue" is hilarious and the photos are fantastic! I love the Teal and Limpkin, too. Gorgeous shots!

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  5. Wonderful images Tammy. Great behavior too with the Terns and their pellets. I didn't know they expel those.

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    1. Thanks so much Laurence! I didn't know they expelled pellets either!

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  6. Tammy, it is wonderful that you shared this all with your two year old. A young birder/naturalist. Fun shots with the tern's pellet. Love the Limpkin!

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    1. Thanks for your comments Mia! My son comes with me the majority of the time; he really loves being outdoors!

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  7. Super shots Tammy. How I would love to see a Caspian Tern in the UK.

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    1. Thanks Marc! I'll see if the terns are up for the journey across the ocean:)

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  8. Bellissime fotografie, L'alzavola ha delle piume con colori fantastici!!
    sereno week end ...ciao

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  9. All awesome shots! I especially enjoyed the spot-on commentary of the terns. They really did seem to be perplexed!

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  10. Great series of photos Tammy, the Tern shots are superb!
    J
    Follow me at HEDGELAND TALES

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  11. Hola Tammy siempre me sosprendes con tus magnificas imagenes y con la variedad de especies que hay en Florida.Feliz fin de semana y un abrazo

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  12. Wonderful images Tammy...Thanks for sharing..Have a nice saturday.

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  13. Exquisite pictures, I love the Caspian Terns, but, I love them all.

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  14. hilarious!! I've never seen a Caspian Tern~

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  15. Great blog, Tammy, I love birds.
    Cheers from Argentina!
    HD

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  16. Que maravilla de entrada Tammy, enhorabuena las fotos son geniales.

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  17. Nice little stroll youve hade with alot of great shots.
    Live well / Kenny

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  18. such interesting birding today Tammy, really like those pristine white shots of the Cas terns...we get them out on an island here...never seen a Limpkin and would love to see a blue winged teal up close like that...dream on!

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  19. I'm in awe, you have a toddler with you and you're capturing photos of birds. You should write a book on "The Art of Bird Photography with a Toddler".

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  20. Otro trabajo impecable, unos primeros planos preciosos.

    Un abrazo.

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  21. Muy buenas capturas, muy bellas.

    Saludos.

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  22. Muy buenas fotos con ese punto de vista a ras de suelo.
    Saludos!!

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  23. Excelentes fotos. Adoro las aves.

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