No Tern

Beach Birds
Emerald Coast, Florida, USA
Limited Edition of 250

Least Terns make their nests on and lay their eggs directly upon the sand of beaches along the Emerald Coast. By design, their eggs are well-camouflaged so that they blend in very nicely with the surrounding sand. 

This capture is a much-appreciated reminder about the importance of looking about for eggs and nests when walking the beaches in late spring.

I was doing just that when this tern performed an abrupt fly-by, letting me know that I wasn’t welcome in the vicinity. Instead of quickly retreating, I needed to look around and locate her nest so that I didn’t accidentally trample it during my escape.

I decided that the best action would be to stay still and allow for her to relax and return to her nest. The hopes of me finding her camouflaged egg(s) were slim, but I knew she would lead me to them. She flew towards me a few more times in what seemed similar to a grizzly bear’s bluff charge. When she flew towards me, she made no turns, but instead flew directly over my head. 

I was able to make this capture on her last charge, just before she returned to her nest and assisted me in knowing which route to take.

I left her in peace and sufficiently reminded that when I’m in nature, I’m always a guest in something else's territory.


Artboxes (when offered) are a unique and attractive matte-finish print with a 1/8" wooden frame. The frame is constructed as a box with a depth of 1.3", which allows the artbox to stand independently anywhere. It can also be hung, offering great flexibility.

Museum Mount (Wooden Edge) will feature a slim .2” wooden frame with a depth of 1.37".

Passe-Partout will feature a 1.6” wooden frame, and a 3.5” acid-free museum card on all sides of the capture.

Please add these measurements (frame, card) to your selected capture size to determine the complete dimensions of your piece.

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Limited Editions: Zach's Finest Captures


Just like the natural moment shared within the capture, each Limited Edition is once-in-a-lifetime. As a collector of this capture, you'll be one of a select few individuals to enjoy its beauty.

A limited number of Artist's Proofs-no more than ten percent of the edition size-may be offered periodically.

Once this Limited Edition is fully collected, this capture will never be offered to the public again.

Uniquely Yours

Your "pièce unique" will feature its individual numbering and artist's original signature in handwritten ink on a bottom corner of the capture.

Also included are two Certificates of Authenticity: one adhered to the rear of the finished capture, and the other as a collectible parchment to be stored in your archives.

Please note: Depending upon the display configuration requested, framed captures may be signed and numbered on the rear of the piece.

The Quality You Expect

Your Limited Edition capture will be crafted to order in either the artist's studio or in Europe by a leading artisan producer of fine art photography. No sacrifices are made—the only objective is to create the finest possible piece of art for your collection.

Frames and/or mounting hardware will be crafted and installed by hand using only the finest materials.

Once crafting is complete, your piece will be carefully inspected and signed by the artist. You will then be contacted to arrange delivery or pickup.

Details of Craftsmanship

The Print

Your capture will feature the highest possible level of quality and detail. Please understand that it is not possible to portray this quality on your device's monitor. If you would like to arrange a viewing of samples, please contact us.

Our recommendation is to select matte finishes as opposed to gloss. Matte finishes help to diffuse light and reduce or eliminate reflections, ensuring that your capture's beauty isn't lost or difficult to appreciate.

Artistic Mounts

Wrapped canvas is a popular option thanks to its simplicity and "wrap around" appearance on all sides. Your canvas will be meticulously printed and hand-stretched over a custom-made wooden frame.

For a more modern appearance, consider the "Museum Mount" option. Your capture will be printed and then mounted to a thin block of solid aluminum (strength for mounting, but lightweight and easy to handle) before being laminated with either a matte (recommended) or gloss finish.

For the best of both worlds, upgrade your Museum Mount selection to the Wooden Edge enhancement. This offers a .2" wide thin wood frame with a depth of 1.37"


Your capture's frame will be crafted to order using sustainably sourced solid wood.

The Passe-Partout selection is ideal for the most discerning collectors. Enjoy a museum-quality glass (not acrylic) with anti-reflective properties that ensures accurate and vivid presentation of your capture's details and colors. This glass also blocks ultraviolet rays, protecting the integrity of the print for a lifetime and beyond.