TAKING TERNS KISSING: AN ABACO ROMANCE
There’s a time and a place for anthropomorphising animal behaviour in terms of human responses. Usually it’s best done with caution or not at all… I’m going to press ahead, though, with a romantic encounter between two Royal terns today at Sandy Point, Abaco. Ultimately, this appeared to be an approach, a come-on, a poorly executed attempt at intimacy, and ultimately a rejection. Or else it’s just bird interchange that we should not read too much into…
Good afternoon, I should like to get to know you better…
Would you do me the honour of commencing a relationship?
*Boastfully* I happen to be the most handsome and regal tern this side of Marsh Harbour
I’m going to give you a peck that you’ll never forget…
Whaaaaaa? Wait… Too much, too soon. I hardly know you
You’ve moved as far away as possible on this post – you have no idea what you’re missing
I’ll be the judge of that. I’m off, don’t try to follow me…
Credits: all photos (artfully taken in fairly poor light), corny storyline, inappropriate anthropomorphism – Keith Salvesen
What a fun analysis of avian anthropomorphic behavior!
It’s probably exactly how they feel.
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I completely agree! At the least it’s safe to say that the dating system of animals and humans can be remarkably similar
In fact I dimly remember going through this sequence myself once! Didn’t use the word ‘regal’ though!