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Hovering Forster’s Tern

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photograph of a Forster's Tern hovering above the Gulf Of Mexico

Forster’s Terns soar above the water hunting for their prey.  When they see a potential target they hover briefly to take a closer look.  One they’ve decided to pursue their target they dive, nearly straight down, and splash into the water to make the catch.  This one was eyeing a possible meal above the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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Ruby Throated Hummingbird 2

photograph of a female ruby throated hummingbird hovering at a feeder

I’ve been experimenting with photographing hummingbirds as they fly to our feeder.  It’s quite an exercise in patience.  This little female comes regularly but sometimes it’s 15-20 minutes between her visits.  I captured this image recently after waiting for about 45 minutes.  It was her third visit but the only one with sharp enough focus and good enough lighting to share.

In past years I’ve noticed the hummingbirds come more frequently later in the summer.  Perhaps there are simply more of them after they’ve raised a brood or two?  Or maybe there are just fewer feeding options for them?  Whatever the cause, I’m hoping to get more images before they migrate south for the winter.


Hovering Male Hummingbird

Photo of a male and female Ruby Throated Hummingbird sharing a feederA male Ruby Throated Hummingbird hovers near a feeder while his female companion enjoys a drink.