THE GIFT

FAIRY TERN

STERNULA NEREIS

STATUS: VULNERABLE

Fairy terns are struggling to find suitable habitat for breeding in Western Australia, and this impacts on the number of birds breeding each year. It was pleasing to see this male offering a fish to the female in exchange for the opportunity to mate and hopefully produce the next generation.

Rous Head, Western Australia

Nikon D7200, Nikkor 80–400mm f4.5–5.6, 1/6400, f/7.1, ISO 500, Hoya UV filter, camera and lens resting on mat at ground level

by Gary Meredith