A delicate all-white Fairy Tern (Gygis alba) flies in an azure sky, somewhere over the Seychelles or Aldabra atoll. Bright sunlight makes its wings almost transparent.
£130, 11 x 20 cm in A4 mount
These little birds are relatively common across the tropical oceans of the world despite their daft parenting practices. The female lays an egg on a bare branch and then has to incubate it for 21 days, holding it between her feet to prevent it falling off. The chick is born with out-sized clawed feet to grip the branch tightly until it fledges.
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