Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council is sponsoring the seventh annual Featherfest in Galveston April 2-5, and as part of the birding festival they're having a weekly photo contest during the four weeks leading up to the event. I've been fortunate enough to win second place in each of the first two weeks. This image of a forster's tern was captured last May at one of my favorite spots for bird photography. It's an image that I had forgotten about until recently while going through my 2008 bird images. These little terns were so fast. They feed like a pelican, diving from high above and plunging into the water to capture fish. They hover for just a split second before they start their descent. It's probably one of the most challenging of all photography I've done -- birds in flight. Yet, it's also one of the most rewarding when you manage to catch a frame right at the peak of action. This is one of my entries for the final week of the competiton.