17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Elegant Tern returning to it's Mate with the gift of an anchovie

An anchovy gift, Elegant Terns It was sunrise as we approached Isla Rasa or Bird Island, a remote nesting spot for hundreds of thousands of Elegant Terns in the Sea of Cortez. As we bobbed around in our zodiac we saw all sorts of mating behaviors. Individual Terns would head out to sea to catch and anchovy or small fish and rather than eat it themselves they would present it to their potential mate as part of their mating ritual.

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Date Taken: 03.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Mexico
Camera: NIKON D5
Copyright: © Bill Klipp