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4262 kill and attack!

On Inner Farne the arctic terns breed. During this season they are quite aggressive.
To go around the island you have to pass them and you have to protect your head carefully. I've seen some people with bleeding wounds.

This behaviour is not really strange if you think that people pass at sometimes only 20 cm from their nests and ofcourse we can crush or hurt them easily. It's actually really brave from these little birds to defend their nest!

In this picture the tern is about to attack a fellow traveller.

Canon EOS 40D
1/250s f/13.0 at 25.0mm iso160 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Hank Vander Velde15-Dec-2011 01:26
Terrific action shot Greet.
Guest 14-Dec-2011 19:13
Leuk zo met dat hoedje erbij! Ken dit gedrag ook van IJsland. Daar kon je maar beter ook niet in de buurt komen.
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