Twisting and Terning

I love how high-speed photography reveals what’s happening, when the human eye and brain can’t process it.

Arctic Tern - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Here, an Arctic Tern is diving for fish. I photographed it at 20 frames per second and created a composite photograph of the phases of its dive. It’s astonishing how it’s able to rotate its body during the dive and adjust its angle of impact to maximise its chance of success as it keeps its eye on the fish swimming below.

It’s a privilege to observe them so closely.

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