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Taking A Bad Tern 20061226

Daytime drama from 'As The World Terns' ;-)

A stoic Royal Tern takes a nonstop stream of verbal abuse from another one.

Can't imagine the real cause of this little drama between birds on a beach,
but it did bring to mind some obvious parallels to the human experience.

Continued below...

Finally, with great dignity and head held high after enduring all the insults
it can, the abused tern is finally able to get away from its tormentor...
whose feathers have obviously been ruffled from it efforts.

Too funny. ;-)

Photographed on Mustang Island, Texas USA.

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
1/1250s f/8.0 at 300.0mm iso100 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Karen Moen21-May-2008 18:37
I wonder if the one with its head held down is the offspring of the adult. It looks like it is begging to be fed in the first picture. I have seen seagull chicks act the same way. Voted.
Nicki Thurgar29-Dec-2006 20:37
Love this one! ~V~
Herb 27-Dec-2006 04:48
Looks very similar to the ones I see here in San Diego
Guest 27-Dec-2006 01:54
Hard not to love these guys! A particularly well shot scene. V