Friday, August 7, 2009

Dinner time in the Great Lakes

Dinner time, originally uploaded by 1booker.

This photo shows a Caspian Tern colony in what is in many ways the most important week of the annual cycle and this year is a good one at Lake Ontario's Hamilton Harbour. The inference of great year is the large number of nearly fledged or recently fledged chicks. The chicks are every bird in the photo with speckling or chevrons marking the back of the wings (or mantle). Also you can see these same younger birds have orange bills instead of the intense red of the adults.

The fish coming to its final fate is around 14-15 cm and appears to be a clupeid of some kind.

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