With Stoke snarled up in the usual Friday mayhem, I watched the eta time drift later and later but I was there by 4.30 and (first big mistake) legged it from the 'parking area'.
Never mind that I could have driven to the viewing spot - the Tern was still there!!! I think everyone took this shot on arrival!!
A wingflap to break the monotony!
Even an attempt to cough a pellet - so that's where all the shells came from :-)
Then off in search of fish......
Sometimes you lose :-(
But sometimes you win!
That huge bill comes in handy for fish of this size!
Now that's quite a mouthful!
Crop already bulging....
The first few flyback shots were into the light and lacking somewhat......
So with evening moving on after 7pm I relocated to the opposite back - what a difference!!
A final couple of flight shots against the fading blue sky!
What a fantastic 3 1/2 hours and the Caspian Tern bogey well and truly buried! Busy day on Saturday in prospect but I hope to retern on Sunday!