Ornithology 101

River Tern is not a river but a bird…

Well it took me a while to learn that. And that just goes to show how much I knew about birds. But I am learning more by the day.

The trip that we took to Bhadra was titled the River Tern Tour (More photographs from other participants are online at http://www.facebook.com/darterphoto) and obviously that meant that the River Terns were going to be the star cast of this particular expedition. The receding summer waters in the lake bring out the sand islands every year and hundreds and hundreds of river terns use these islands as their nesting grounds.

Which makes it a great spectacle to observe- but a challenging position to be in if you are trying to get a good photograph of just ONE river tern. You either get so confused and distracted by the bajillion birds or even if you have zoomed in one bird and are ready to shoot, there is almost certainly another random bird that flies into your frame. And to add to these woes- we were on a boat (One of the things that really attracted me to the tour was the boat safari!).

The noise and just the visual treat of these birds flying in and out – sometimes with fishes in their beaks from dives into the lake were most amazing and I will treasure these in my head.

These are some of  my fairly decent photographs of those amazing moments.

River Tern
River Tern with Eggs although I don't think the eggs were the property of this particular Tern
River Tern with nest
From Egg to Chick
Tern Juniors 1, 2 & 3
Hiding behind the parent from the strange boats?
Frozen in Flight
Remember what I said about random birds in your frame?

10 Comments Add yours

  1. Sunanda says:

    Boat safari! Definitely THE vacation I want. Red feet and yellow beak, such cuties they are!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Apparently boat safaris are not as rare as I thought they were

  2. Nirmala says:

    Oh the babies look cho chweet !!!! Thanks too for the most interesting information on these birds.Learning so much thanks to you.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      These are such great learning journeys for me. Thank you for reading this!

  3. Vineet says:

    Hiding behind the parent photo is very funny !!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you Vineet!

  4. Lav says:

    awesome photos as always!! and those chits in a row….they are SO cute!!! i love the ‘frozen in flight’ best. Reminds me (truly) of National Geographic pictures. It captures a moment in time and tells a story…beautiful..

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Thank you. I had to wade through about 400 photos to get a handful of passable ones 🙂

      1. Lav says:

        Story of every photographer who loves what they do…

      2. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

        including you I’m sure

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