common terns

For me there is nothing common about the common tern. I think it’s a very elegant and streamlined bird with a fascinating way of courting.
The first photo shows a male flying by, on his way to hunt for fish for his female partner.

Female forming a nesting pit in the shell island. Or maybe this is all a part of the courtship and bonding between male and female, who knows?

Male shouting to other species in the air to prevent them from landing in its territory.

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