|The Black Tern screeches at me © SB.|
(I had no thought of nests. I left the car only to try to take pictures of Smartweed, a pink native wildflower.)
Several Black Terns screeched across the water and circled low above my car — and my head — again, and again, and again, their mottled feathers bright in the July sun.
Only when I saw these photographs did I realize that at least one was carrying a large dragonfly in its beak. Food. Perhaps for itself, or for a fledgling.
I first saw Black Terns at this slough several weeks ago, when members of this breeding colony still wore their sleek black and gray distinctive feathers. Already, these terns are moulting, loosing black in belly patches as they change into their winter under-body white.
|Black Tern with Dragonfly © SB|
What are these? Black Terns
Location: Near a slough, north of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo date: August 10, 2012.