test flights

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common tern? ~ 8.1.14 ~ Eastern Point Beach

On August first I was delighted to see what I think was a fledgling American oystercatcher chick, who was testing its wings. It was about half the size of the parents, who were relaxing on the other side of the rock. We first saw the parents July 19. Even though I took these photos with the telescopic lens, I find myself wishing for an even more powerful one! The flights were pretty short – taking off and landing smoothly are no doubt the most difficult part.

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common tern? ~ 8.1.14 ~ Eastern Point Beach
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common tern? ~ 8.1.14 ~ Eastern Point Beach
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common tern? ~ 8.1.14 ~ Eastern Point Beach
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common tern? ~ 8.1.14 ~ Eastern Point Beach
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common tern? ~ 8.1.14 ~ Eastern Point Beach
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common tern? ~ 8.1.14 ~ Eastern Point Beach
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American oystercatchers ~ 8.1.14 ~ Eastern Point Beach