20/10/13 12:10 AM
Plymouth Beach in Massachusetts is home to a large migrant Common Tern colony, and is a great place to try to photograph these beautiful shore birds. Unfortunately, the beach is not very accessible if you get there early in the morning - it involves either a 2 mile round trip hike, being able to procure a permit to drive close to the beach, or taking a boat. I was fortunate enough to know someone who had a permit, but the most enjoyable way by far to get there is to take a boat. Be warned though that this requires booking the boat in advance and also making sure you're at the boat around 5am! You'll be rewarded with views of a brilliant sunrise while you lounge on a boat that will land you right at the tern colony. And the photography is pretty good too!
Here are some pictures I took of the terns fishing and feeding their chicks: