Arctic Tern Courtship

The arctic terns near Burravoe in Shetland are feisty and noisy, but once in a while a moment of intimacy is seen amongst the bustle.

Sitting on her rock calling like a chick the female entices her mate to visit.  Raising her head as he approaches he delivers food as he would to their young.  A valuable part in the building of bonds between arctic terns.  

There really is no point in hooking up with a guy if he isn't going to be able to deliver a fresh meal when you are raising his young and unable to fish yourself!  Best to check early in the relationship, especially as arctic terns mate for life...


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