Greetings everyone! First off, our hearts and prayers go out to those impacted by the weather events in Texas. Kind of shocking when you think it wasn’t too many months ago Linda and I were vacationing down in South Padre Island. Every time I see someone walking in waist high water down there, all I can think of is the huge alligators we encountered while birding down there. Hope to god the rain and flooding doesn’t bring those beasts up into the communities. In no way glossing over the human impact that has resulted, but as a birder, it will be interesting to see how the birds handle this change in environment. The SPI area was such a wonderful birding location it will be disappointing if that element doesn’t recover right alongside the lives and other wildlife already experiencing tragic displacement. We will keep an eye on how things are going there.
For now, thought I would go with the following for today’s featured post:
That dark and mysterious creature is referred to as a Black Tern. This is not a new bird to the blog having first appeared back in July 2015 (link here). If you recall, that encounter with the black arts took place at Goose Lake. For the record, that was my first encounter with this bird having made my way up there thanks to an IBET post followed by a recommendation from my brother Ron who had made his way down there.
Hit the jump to see and read a bit more about this acrobatic sky hunter.
It’s a special treat today folks! With a complete break from protocol, I’m bringing you the fruits of a bird outing from just a couple of weeks ago. In relationship to my usual delays in getting my babies out of the camera and into these pages this is nearly light speed. If we were in a jet there would be a HUGE boom about now. There is a couple of reasons for this promptness. One being that the images were already processed – literally the day I took them and the other just due to the excitement of getting this bird in the tin.
That my friends is a Black Tern. Without question, this is a new addition to my Birding Life List and I owe my brother for having the chance to get it. We had recently signed up for the Illinois Birders Exchanging Thoughts (IBET) Yahoo group. I am not technically sure if Ron saw all the posts that were occurring regarding the Black Tern sightings and decided to head down there or if he went there on his own first and then saw all the posts. Regardless, he went over to the Hebron IL. bike path and checked out the scene. Sure enough, there were Black Terns hanging out in a distant pond/lake. It really looked a bit like a marshy area but apparently it is referred to as Goose Lake by all the birders in the area. Note, there is absolutely no signage anywhere near this area that actually refers to it as “Goose Lake”.
Hit the jump to read a bit more about the Black Tern and see a couple more pictures.