If I hadn’t clipped the wing of one of the terns I could retire from photographing terns.
This aerial ballet is part of their courtship. It also involves feeding a fish to the future mate. Terns apparently mate for life. The “high flight” and “fish feeding” flight is mostly seen in couples that nest for the first time.
Three weeks from now we might see young terns hatching, although the adults are nesting in an industrial fuel tank area…
Please read the previous post on the amazing annual migration of this gracious sea bird.