This week’s photo, taken August 24, 2016 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features a CASPIAN TERN, the largest tern in the world and also one of the most widespread.
CASPIAN TERNS are a common sight during the summer months here in Washington state. They fly high above the waters of Puget Sound, looking for a meal. When they spot a fish, they might hover for a few moments, then tuck in their wings and perform a spectacular dive. Their plummet into the water can be as impressive to watch as some of the dives we saw during the recent Olympics, and while some of the athletes eventually receive medals for their efforts, the tern usually surfaces with an immediate award – a tasty fish in its bright red bill.
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