Sex on the Beach

It’s that time of year for Royal Terns. I was fortunate to observe a gathering of these migrating birds in  Anastasia State Park.Our group of 9 was led by a noted birder, Kevin Karlson, in a field experience during the Florida Birding and Photo Fest last week. Kevin is also an avid photographer.

In the photo above, the male offers a fish he’s caught to a female. She can accept or reject the offering. Other interested parties are standing by just in case she turns away her suitor.



Dinner may be followed with a “kiss.”



Dancing cheek to cheek- the terns march around each other in circles.


And, the finale!



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