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fairy terns1 - get off my perch!! (sterna nereis)

The tern under attack had just found this no doubt highly desirable perch but had only been resting for a few minutes when the competition arrived. I was a little afraid of blown highlights as I was taking the shot but pretty pleased with the outcome. From a deserted atoll some 400km off the coast of Mauritius. The numerous fairy terns that we saw on the atoll were untroubled by our presence, having no reason to fear people - presumably because they had seen so few! I was able to take this shot with a 16-35mm lens! More at "Colin Pacitti Wildlife Photography & Fishing Travels" -

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Taken on May 1, 2011