Mind Your Manners

Fairy tern

Sternula nereis

Status: vulnerable 

The fairy tern’s courtship ritual involves the males bringing gifts of fish prior to mating. One male was doing his best to woo a rather indifferent female. When a second suitor arrived the female tried to snatch the first offering, putting a swift end to the budding romance. 

Nairns, Western Australia

Canon 7D Mk II, 400mm, 1/6400, f/6.3, ISO 640, handheld

by Cherilyn Corker