Sandwich Terns – Love is in the air

Sandwich Terns - Love is in the airSandwich Terns – Love is in the air – Nikon D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/1600, ISO 200, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

I can recall clearly the day I took this photograph of Sandwich Terns mating, I was sitting very low in a tidal lagoon on the north beach of Fort De Soto County Park in Florida, it was very warm and the water of the lagoon felt great on my skin when these two terns started a breeding display. When the male mounted the female and I filled up my buffer a few times while photographing them.

Love is in the air.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Thanks much for your comments Ricky, Laurence, Tami, Charlotte, Eric, Maria, Bob and Mom. Sorry I have been slow to respond, I have just had a lot on my plate lately!

  2. Hi! So perfectly a shooting of the pair! Color, wing span and background. Really makes for a wonderful picture! Have a great day.

  3. A beautiful title for lovely birds, cheers Mia.

  4. I love their plumage and contrast. What a lucky shot!

  5. woaaaa ! a great picture with a good focus on both, the wings position is very good too
    a really nice picture, well play mia

  6. Happy Valentine’s Day to you too!

  7. I like the way you captured the wingspan, Mia.

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