March Contest – Beak & Talon / Fang & Claw
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Elegant Terns -- Mating Ritual
It was a beautiful windless, dead calm sunrise as we wedged our zodiac into the rocky shoreline of Isla Rasa, Bird Island a small flat island in the Gulf of California that is home to 95% of the world's nesting Heermann's Gulls and Elegant Terns. During Springtime over 500,000 birds gather here to mate and nest. As we sat quietly bobbing about and taking photos of the Terns and Gulls coming and going. On occasion a Tern would return from sea with an anchovy and present it to their mate. After consuming the fish they would perform an elegant mating ritual.
· Date: Thu 7-March-2019 · Views: 273 · Filesize: 115.1KB, 522.3KB · Dimensions: 1600 x 1185 ·
Keywords: March Contest Beak & Talon / Fang Claw
Camera: Nikon D5
Lens & Filters: Sigma 150-600 @600mm
Film and/or ISO: ISO 320
Aperture: f6.3
Shutter speed: 1/2,500
Location: Isla Rasa, Baja Mexico
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