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Caspian Terns Feeding

Watching a Caspian Tern (our largest tern) feeding in deep water is a lesson in persistence and grace.  Flying back and forth it circles the water below, its bill pointed down as it searches for fish. A Caspian Tern’s dive is impressive. Once a tern sees a fish it hovers briefly, flexes its wings and then plunges straight down like a bullet.  When it hits the water, it typically completely submerges itself.

Most fish captured are consumed on the wing, unless they are delivered to offspring. Fish bones and scales are difficult for terns to digest; they solve this situation by casting one or two pellets a day that consist of these indigestible parts.

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3 responses

  1. jonbravo

    Wonderful videos of this Tern feeding on UTube.

    July 25, 2022 at 9:15 am

  2. These birds are so beautiful their markings to see up close are amazing! Their calls are awesome too! Got to see them up close in Florida on the beaches in the Sawgrass area! They don’t seem to mind people that much! 🙂 ❤

    July 25, 2022 at 9:49 am

  3. Alice

    What an amazing beak. Must take lots of practice to spear a fish on the tip.

    July 25, 2022 at 10:21 am

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