Arctic Terns: The Arctic Terns lay their eggs in the grass out in the open. They can do this because they are fiercely defensive. They make mock attacks on anything they perceive as a threat. If necessary they will actually attack. Visitors are given a stick to hold over their heads so the Terns will attack their stick instead of their head. This man works on the island so he is used to the terns and only wears a hat for protection. The Puffins and Razorbills are able to nest on the island because the Terns keep the gulls away. The flags mark the places a Tern laid an egg.

Machias Seal Island, NB, Canada

Canon 400mm F5.6 lens, Velvia Slide Film
Code: 199832s21

Copyright 2002 William H. Scholtz.
Last revised: May 31, 2002