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Tern Pursues Osprey!

By SocksAndStuff
(These photo's are especially for those of you who are flying away on holidays today - I saw on TV there may be flight problems - hope your journey is smooth and problem free. I shall think of you chilling out and relaxing in your wonderful holiday retreat).

Watched in amazement as this determined Tern asserted dominance over a considerably larger visiting Osprey at Blithfield Reservoir this afternoon, eventually driving it out of sight. It seems that now the young Terns are flying around the adults will not tolerate anything that comes within quite a distance if they perceive it to be a potential threat to their family group. Fascinating to watch so hopefully this won't be the last time I get a chance to photograph Ospreys in Staffordshire.

The Version is a few hours before when a Tern was being pursued by a Peregrine at the same site. I had returned after lunch to see if the Peregrine was still about, hoping to get a better shot! I'm not complaining Wink

Tags: Birds of prey Birds in flight Osprey Behaviour Peregrine falcon Wild birds Wildlife and nature Staffordshire England Blithfield Reservoir Bird on bird action

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Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2017 8:43PM
Two beautiful captures,
Excellent work, Isabel GrinGrin
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
5 Aug 2017 8:51PM
Well spotted Helen. Lovely catch.
Mollycat Plus
8 21 2 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2017 8:53PM
You're achieving superb detail in your aerial shots. Well done you.
Peter GrinGrin
Lillian Plus
12 23 17 United Kingdom
5 Aug 2017 9:31PM
two very well spotted chances here Helen,
ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
5 Aug 2017 9:54PM
Terrific timing! Both spot on.
tonyguitar 9 77 37 Canada
6 Aug 2017 12:53AM
Double your money's worth. Two very enjoyable images. TG

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