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Tern Attack

 

When you land on the Inner Farne you have to run the gauntlet of thousands of Terns nesting in the vicinity of the path from the jetty. There are chicks, eggs and Terns everywhere so you do have to look where you are putting your feet. As you walk up the path the Terns rise up en-masse and dive bomb you, if you do not wear a hat you run the risk of your head being cut open, they do hit you hard with the point of their beak, An interesting passage onto the island.

 

The Terns themselves are partaking of the never ending work of feeding their young, a relentless task as they land with the fish.

 

tern

 

Then feed the very demanding young chicks.

 

tern

 

 

Tern Attack

 

When you land on the Inner Farne you have to run the gauntlet of thousands of Terns nesting in the vicinity of the path from the jetty. There are chicks, eggs and Terns everywhere so you do have to look where you are putting your feet. As you walk up the path the Terns rise up en-masse and dive bomb you, if you do not wear a hat you run the risk of your head being cut open, they do hit you hard with the point of their beak, An interesting passage onto the island.

 

The Terns themselves are partaking of the never ending work of feeding their young, a relentless task as they land with the fish.

 

tern

 

Then feed the very demanding young chicks.

 

tern

 

 

comments (13)

fantastic capture, great timing
Les Auld: Just luck Ayush, thanks for the comment.
Sweet series of three Les... the bottom photo is my favourite today.
Les Auld: Thanks Jaquelyn, appreciate the comment.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 24 Jun 2011, 06:13
Fit for a National Geographic documentary, Les! Fabulous images, all 3 of them.
Les Auld: Thanks for the compliment Ginnie.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Jun 2011, 07:04
I have been attacked by these graceful & protective birds too. A fine set of pictures Les
Les Auld: They can give you a good thump Chris, thanks for the comment.
Utterly brilliant shot. Fab!!
Les Auld: Thanks Marion, memories of a grand day out.
And the other two as well. But the main one!!! Sublime!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 24 Jun 2011, 07:50
Cracking shot, Les; the inclusion of the hand shows just how close these birds get. I wonder really if people should not be allowed on the island until the breeding season is over.
Les Auld: It would be a bit difficult for the NT to keep them away Alan, there can be up to 700 visitors a day, a steady source of income for the Trust. However the wardens do try to keep everyone on the right path. Thanks for the comment.
An excellent series and you took chances with your head just for us!
Les Auld: Any time Mary, thanks for the comment.
Fine shots, Les - I recall being advised to wear a hat and, preferably, hold it above one's head on a stick!
Les Auld: That could have worked Tom, you could certainly feel the Terns as they hit you, even with a hat. Thanks for the comment.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 24 Jun 2011, 11:55
Great capture,so the Terns deal withus on there terms
Les Auld: Thanks Vintage, appreciate the comment.
Excellent shots again Les. I trust you didn't wear your railway hat during this visit.
Les Auld: The one and only Tilley Hat Brian, suitable for all occasions. Thanks for the comment.
  • LeMig
  • Canada
  • 24 Jun 2011, 15:02
What a fine shot !!!
Les Auld: Thanks, appreciate the comment.
Dramatic shot Les.
Les Auld: can't beat a bit of drama Bill, thanks for the comment.

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