12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Elegant Rising from Water with Fish

Perhaps as many as a hundred terns were flying to and from an abandoned pier. Often, the terns flew down onto the water, and were clearly not fishing, but rather seemed to be bathing or even playing in the water. Here, we see a tern that behaved in this way, and is now preparing to fly back up off the water surface.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: San Francisco, California, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D4S
Copyright: © Mike Anderson