Friday, August 20, 2010

Black Tern and Shorebird's Feeding

A juvenile Black Tern has been hanging out with the Common and Least Terns on Cockenoe Is. Westport for most of this week, I was able to catch a few photos of this cool tern this afternoon.
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Taking a break.

Just loafing along the shoreline.

The Semipalmated Plover's did not disappoint this afternoon, as I was able to get a few shots of them worming.

When it comes to catching worms, I think these birds would give any Robin a run for it's money.

They just don't miss, and feed in the exact same style a Robin would, walk around, listen (or feel) walk some more, and bam! the bill plunges in between the stones, and up comes dinner.

The ever cautious eye to the sky, Peregrine Falcons are also feeding in the area, this was a false alarm, as it was only an Osprey passing over.

A little feather straightening, and it's back to work.

This is an interesting series of photos. In this shot it appears as though the adult American Oystercatcher is showing it's fledge how to open a clam.

The adult had pulled out a clam (I'm not exactly sure what it is) and walks over to the youngster that had been startled by more Oystercatchers flying in for the food.

The adult on left dropped the food into the water, the juvenile is picking it up.

And makes short work of this snack.

A small flock of Short-billed Dowitchers, enjoying lunch at this free,
Westport Waterfront Restaurant.
The bird on the left is having a good scratch, must have previously dined in NY and picked up a few bed bugs?

A few Least Sandpipers showed up, along with the hundreds of Semipalmated Sandpipers.

This Black-bellied Plover in eclipse plumage, was one of the many of it's kind participating in the hunt.

Last but not least, there are still a number of not yet to have fledged Common and Least Terns on the Island.


  1. Great shots Larry!
    I took my kayak to Cockenoe this morning with the tide rather low and set my boat along the tern nesting spot.
    I sat there for 20 minutes or so, just memorized by all the terns (and other) activity. It was a beautiful day to be out, relax and watch.
    David Park