At the end of a long day’s work it was nice to stop at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and enjoy Forster’s Terns foraging for fish in Meadow Lake as the sun went down one evening this week.  The glowing orange ball in the sky provided nice light on both the water and the terns.


The lack of light made getting crisp shots difficult.

Silhouette shots are much easier in fading light.

You really get a feel for the shape of a bird when it is almost all you have to work with.

Even blurred trees in the background look really cool in the right light.

I did not see a single successful plunge though they must have occasionally caught something.

I have lots of shots of birds coming out of the water but I didn’t get any of them going in to the water.

Pretty. (Click to make it big.)

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.