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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

A Royal Tango

On my recent trip to Florida I had the pleasure of visiting Anastasia State Park a couple of times on sunset photo trips. Organizers of the Florida Bird & Fotofest arranged for 4WD trucks to carry photographers to the end of Anastasia Island, where gulls, terns, and shorebirds were arriving to bath and roost. On the first evening I was there, the tide level was just right to expose a wet sandy flat beyond a shallow channel, and the feature was popular with many birds. So that meant getting wet to get the best angle, but it wasn't so bad in the nice warm water! Thanks to Jim Walker for the pic of yours truly out in the wave zone: Of the birds that came in, my favorite was this pair of Royal Terns that broke into a breeding dance as they were bathing in shallow water. Their little tango only lasted a few seconds but it was cool to see their synchronized movements.


Unknown said...

Bill, Brillant photos as usual! Sounds like a great place.

Jeff Gyr said...


I LOVE these photos! They show so much "personality" in these terns.

Great stuff.

Sorry for not picking up the last meme--it appears my blog is back on hiatus.

Looking forward to seeing you in the Beehive State.


Tabib said...

Excellent birds pictures!

The Birdlady said...

I'm so glad I clicked through here - that is delightful! Thanks.