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Gull-billed Terns in flight at Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary, in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Gull-billed Terns

Posted by Gautam Chakrabarti on September 9, 2013 at 10:53 am
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This photo was taken on 16-12-2012
Camera Canon EOS 7D, Lens EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM, Exposure 0.001 sec (1/800), Aperture f/9.0, Focal Length 400 mm, ISO Speed 100

These are Gull-billed Terns. Deadly Fishers – extremely fast, flying in a flock, head always down towards the water to spot a prey, and continuously by rotation one after another, one will suddenly come out of the flock (which was positioning itself in the lowest level) and was suddenly diving into the water and will be completely inside the water for two to three seconds and will come out after catching a fish – deadly accurate. Although I have seen missing one or two times, but very rare. Snapping their photo is a challenge because they move so fast and after a great difficulty, I could snap correctly few photos of them. Mesmerisingly fast moving birds and their size is only slightly lesser than a city Mynah !

@ Pulicat Lake Bird Sanctuary – Andhra Pradesh, India.