Todays blog post is dedicated to a friend and family member who is at Mayo clinic undergoing cancer treatment. Life will test all of us at some point and while we feel stuck on the sidelines seemingly powerless to do anything to help, we have to stop and realize the power of positive thought and the energy it gives to those around us. This and every post to follow will be dedicated to push our positive energy to Jim. We hope this finds you on a positive path towards being well again. Please send a note to Jim by leaving a message through my website or send it to me and I will make sure it gets forwarded. Just a simple hello can make a huge difference.
Todays photo subject is the Caspian Tern. Rivaling some gulls in size, the Caspian Tern is the worlds largest tern. It is known for its predatory habits, stealing prey from other seabirds, as well as snatching eggs from and hunting the chicks of gulls and terns. It is aggressive in defending its nesting territory, giving hoarse alarm calls and rhythmically opening and closing its beak in a threatening display to intruders. I witnessed this display first hand as I got down on my knees and waddled into the waters of Chequamegon Bay in an attempt to get within camera range. Lucky for me, I had worn my waders that morning of May 20th because after kneeling in the icy water chest deep for 20 minutes, I could feel the cold creeping into my lower extremities. Luckily this tern separated itself from the nearby gulls and offered an unfettered view for the camera before I lost all feeling in my legs. This was my first capture of a Caspian Tern and a fun adventure for an early morning photo shoot.