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Little Terns breeding in Brandenburg

ZwergseeschwalbeThe gravel and sand pit opens up a view like over a prehistoric river landscape. Between shallow water areas, sandy areas, reeds the blue water sparkles. The edges of the pit are separated by heaped dams from the agricultural land. Suddenly a bird emerges at about the edge of the dam, which is characterized by a peculiar flight. Choppy wing movement is a feature. This is typical for the flight of the Little Tern (Sternula albifrons). The movement is easy and fast. In between, a sharp and shrill “ki-ki-kit” is heard again and again. Yes, the distinctive, penetrating calls of the Little Tern make it possible to identify and recognize them even at a distance. Sometimes the bird stops and hovers when hunting for fish at low altitude above the water surface. The Tern stands in the air until it has spotted a fish, circles into a dive, disappears with a lot of water splashes in the pebble lake, then (hopefully) catches a fish and rises again from the water under water splashes.

The Little Tern is a typical small tern. It is told apart from afar by its conspicuous flight, her size (if to assess) and especially the pale yellow beak with a small dark tip on. If you look closer, the white forehead (unlike the Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) will stand in front of a black head cap. Like in the other Sterna-terns, the plumage Continue reading Little Terns breeding in Brandenburg