Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Where Do Baby Terns Come From?

Now that we're well into summer and all of those adorable baby birds have fledged and left the nests, lets take a look back at how those eggs became fertilized in the first place (we all know the stork isn't filling everyone else's nests). During our spring trip to Ft. DeSoto, romance was in the air, and the birds didn't care who was watching.

Let's take a quick play-by-play into the quirky antics of of one particular pair of star-crossed Royal Terns.

The courtship begins
"Can I help you with something?"
"Oh! I see..." 
Getting into position

Letting the anticipation build

This actually went on for a while

"Ta-da!" A moment of triumph and a vanquished rival

The dismount
And of course no bout of lovemaking is complete until the participants take their bow

"So now what do you want to do?"


  1. Oh my god, that's a wonderful post!! Perfect shots and captions. Goes in my top 10 for sure!

  2. This is so funny ... well done!!

  3. Great captions! Methinks I need to subscribe to your just-discovered blog....


  4. What a great series and story. I can't get past how much I love the hairdos of Royal and Elegant Terns. Beautiful post.