Last week I photographed this adult Forster’s Tern in flight as it foraged for food above Glover Pond near Farmington Bay WMA. I have found photographing terns in flight challenging because they fly fast and change direction even faster. For Forster’s Terns hovering only lasts 3 to 4 seconds which doesn’t give photographers much time to lock focus and fire the shutter.
I love the pose of the tern in this image but I do wish I had gotten better eye contact but that can be difficult because they have black eyes in their black caps plus they look down to search for prey . Quite often I will hear their call before I see them which gives me time to locate the tern and track its movement through my viewfinder. Forster’s Terns do breed in Utah and I often see them flying over freshwater marshes, ponds and lakes searching for prey.