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Black Terns at Headquarters Pond

One of the prettiest birds seen in both spring and fall at Chico is the Black Tern. Terns are notorious for their diving skills plunging head first into the water to grab small fish. But, Black Tern has a different set of hunting skills and they do not dive. Like their relatives, they hunt over shallow bodies of water but they are hunting dragonflies and other flying insects. Here, a Black Tern opens its bill to take the most common Chico dragonfly, Variegated Meadowhawk.

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