Sunday, January 15, 2006

Aerial Combatants

Spent a quiet morning today in the Orielton area. All the usual inhabitants around the lagoon, plus a possible Grey Plover, seen from too far away to confirm ID. Perhaps the most interesting and exciting event was a confrontation between two relative heavyweights--a Caspian Tern and a Kelp Gull. Fairly evenly matched with the weight advantage to the Kelp Gull. But what the Caspian lacks in weight, it more than makes up for in its' pugnacious attitude to others, including humans who might unwittingly entire it's perceived territory. For those unused to the antics of Caspian Terns, it might be quite frightening. It didn't spare me, and neither did the Kelp Gull. As you can see the Caspian doesn't always win.
(NB These images are as shot, but cropped.)

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