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Fairy Tern

Fairy Tern (Image ID 36671)
CommentRomance in the world of fairy terns can involve the male gently wiping a fish over the back of the female. She doesn't appear altogether convinced that he is the one for her. I chose this photo to enter as it shows a specific behaviour, and although the birds look similar it is easy to tell which is the female and which is the male. Both are in prime breeding condition with their beaks completely yellow. The pair are in focus and the white feathers are not over exposed. I helped to monitor the colony over the breeding period and the fairy terns were unfussed by my presence.
Keywordsmale, female, with prey, adult, behaviour/display
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