Royal Tern Over

Royal Tern OverRoyal Tern Over

Royals Terns make amazing dive bombs for their prey which are usually small baitfish running close to the surface and sometimes if you are lucky you get to see them “Tern Over” in mid air. This tern is really shaking off the water it soaked up after a dive for prey but it also does make it difficult to tell which way is up!

This was taken on a cloudy morning, man I wish it had been “Sunnyside up”.


~I’m out of town but will be back soon, please feel free to share this post with your friends and family!


  1. Mia McPherson May 27, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks for your comments on this fun Royal Tern shot everyone!

  2. Ingrid May 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    Mia, this is my absolute favorite aspect of tern behavior! We have Caspians here who fly around the Port of Seattle and I’m hampered a tad by the backdrop and my camera’s fidgeting AF on busy backgrounds. But when that spin around happens, as you portray it here, it brings me such joy – the turn, the shake off, the aerobatic nature of it all.

  3. Julie Brown May 15, 2013 at 4:13 am

    What an interesting behavior! Great shot.

  4. Tami Vogel (@_CabinGirl) May 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Good grief – how do you nab these absolutely amazing shots, Mia? LOVE that you captured the water droplets, too!

  5. Bob Bushell May 14, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Amazing shot.

  6. Prairie Birder May 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Wonderful photograph, Mia!

  7. Beverly Everson May 14, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Very cool! As many of them as I’ve seen I’ve never seen one fly upside down. Great shot!

  8. Lynn Koch May 14, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Really awesome capture, Mia. I did have to look closely to see which way was “up.” He is a beautiful bird with lovely contrast in his feathers and bill.

  9. Susan May 14, 2013 at 6:57 am

    What a fantastic capture Mia:)

  10. eric c11 May 14, 2013 at 4:15 am

    what a funny position !!! excelent picture, well done mia
    have a nice day ☼

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