Courting Sandwich Terns in low lightDisplaying Sandwich Terns in low light – Nikon D200, handheld, f5.6, 1/400, ISO 500, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 330mm, natural light

Typically I prefer to photograph in what is called “sweet” light but there are times I shoot in low light because I like the subject, the setting or the behavior. These Sandwich Terns were courting early one morning at Fort De Soto’s north beach and even though the light wasn’t “sweet” I felt their displaying behavior was interesting. It wasn’t breeding season; it was taken in September, so I am not sure what this display was all about. Perhaps it was territorial.