Arctic Terns are famous for a number of things - having one of the longest migration of any species and for seeing more daylight that any other species on Earth.
One thing that they should be famous for is their absolute ferocity - for a bird of their size and mass they must be one of the most aggressive species on Earth! On the Farne Islands, this tendency to fierceness comes to the fore because the birds nest right next to, and sometimes on, the paths around the island - and when camera and binocular draped birders get too close the bird consider the birders fair game!
Even through my well loved canvas bucket hat, it was surprisingly painful when the birds stabbed me on the head!
Under circumstances like this my traditional low key green dress sense seems a little redundant!
On a more serious note, the Arctic Tern - Stena paradisaea - is about 35 cm long, and carries that wonderful combination of black, white, grey and red that make this bird so wonderful to see, and rather difficult to split from Common Tern. There were terns all over the place on the islands, in in some places you had to step over birds that were protecting their young on the boardwalks and pathways. Well over 1000 pairs of Arctic Terns nest on these islands - along with smaller number of Common and Sandwich Terns.
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