This series started with the first movements to dive and followed the Terns swift twisting dive, hitting the water, and finally catching his fish.
I admit to being completely surprised by photographing the entire hunt. This doesn’t happen very often no matter how much practice we have.
Above the Tern was just beginning a descent after hovering while looking for fish. Once they spot prey the dive is a quick fall directly to the target.
A dive is first controlled by the outstretched wings, that changes when the bird fully commits.
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This was photographed at an old rice field that is adjacent to the Ashley River, South Carolina. Terns will fly up river to fish in the marshes.