White Winged Black Tern

I had a cracking night last night at Rother Valley Country Park with the long(ish) staying white winged black tern.

After paying my five pounds it wasn't difficult to find the nature reserve lake that it had been frequenting.

After seeing it for all of 2 seconds before it departed I moved down on to the main lake and relocated it there. It took a while to work out its feeding pattern but having picked a spot at the end of the main lake and with the sun behind me, it made a series of tours up and down the lake stopping in front of me for 5 minutes or so before going back to the far end.

It did this on about 6 occasions each time spending 15-20 mins away.

A cracking bird and the first one I've seen in such stunning summer plumage.