Royal Terns

Seahorse Key (off Cedar Key), Florida

Royal Terns

The royal tern is the second largest tern, behind the caspian tern. They inhabit the warmer coastal areas of the Americas; those on the west coast of Africa were just recently determined to be a different species. Their nest is a shallow depression in the sand that may have a sparse lining of debris. The parents deficate around the perimeter of the nest to harden it against flooding. All of the chicks leave their nest within a couple days to join the creche, which could include thousands of other chicks. The parents bring food to the creche for their offspring only.

We took these photographs from the canoe before starting our return trip to Cedar Key after getting photographs of the Seahorse Key lighthouse. The wind had been fairly calm all day, but picked up on the way back in the late afternoon until we found ourselves in the trough of about a one-foot chop. I wound up capsizing our new canoe while trying to shift some weight to better handle the conditions. As a consolation prize, Nancy got to upgrade her camera and lens.

Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 260mm. Flash was not used. Camera was set for f/16 on aperture priority with -1/3 stop exposure compensation, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/320 sec at ISO 250.

Print details: maximum size Medium Printed Estimated
  Fine Art Paper 11" x 15" 23" x 17"
  Canvas N/A 33" x 24"

Currently In Stock

Although we can print to your specifications any size up to the above limits to the nearest 1/16" with any mat and moulding combinations, the below prints are available immediately:

Print Number   Description Price (includes sales tax & shipping)
Matted:
#1 Image Not Available matted 11"x15" print, single mat (outside 16"x20") $89