Fairy Terns mating

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

Male Fairy Terns have to catch fish for the female before they are allowed to mate. I have spent many hours and early mornings on the Swan River to capture this behaviour. It’s a great test of shutter finger reflexes as consummation is all over in the blink of an eye.

Swan River, Perth, Western Australia

Canon EOS 1D MkIII, Canon EF 600mm f4L IS USM, 1/2000, f5.4, ISO 400, camera mounted on tripod with a Wimberly head

by Pam Osborn, Western Australia