Baja California #14 - Isla Rasa - Elegant Terns

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We stopped at Isla Rasa in the northern end of the Sea of Cortes. We had hoped to see the 500,000 seabirds that nest on this small island. However, our scouting party found that the nesting phase had not started yet this year, so we took a zodiac cruise around the island to watch the birds in the dating phase.

Almost 95% of the worlds population of Heermann's Gulls and also 95% of the Elegant Terns nest on this island, so it is a very important place.

The Elegant Terns seemed to be at a singles bar :cool: , checking each other out and pairing off.

These were just the early arivals:
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Lots of action:
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Showing off a bit:
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Two of our other zodiacs catch a big flyout:
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Off on a quick date:
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Checking her out:
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Many more to follow,
Bob & Nan
 
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