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royal tern



    18-21 inches in length, these birds are seen flying along the coast.
  2. Royal Tern

    Royal Tern

  3. A Tern's Prayer

    A Tern's Prayer

    This bowing is a typical behavioral exercise that I have seen among Royal Terns. Notice the Sandwich Tern (sterna sandvicensis) in the background.
  4. Royal Tern at touchdown

    Royal Tern at touchdown

    A Royal Tern makes a landing on a windy day
  5. Preening


    The Sanderling got me started looking through some other images from Florida last winter. This was taken just as the morning light first touched the beach.
  6. Royal Tern

    Royal Tern

  7. Royal Tern

    Royal Tern

    It fascinates me that a bird that spends so much time in the water, as it is, would find a need to take a bath?
  8. Images from the hammock 1

    Images from the hammock 1

    A hammock strung between two palm trees on the beach at Arnos Vale proved a great mobile hide..... as I swung back & forward the birds kept coming!
  9. Royal Tern

    Royal Tern

    ID courtesy of - Ryan Sayers
  10. Royal Terns

    Royal Terns

    Male offering female a fish
  11. Royal Terns

    Royal Terns

    Male offering female a fish as part of a courting ritual
  12. Royal Portrait

    Royal Portrait

    Although I found plenty of Royal Terns loafing on the Florida beaches, it proved hard to find a single bird, with its eyes open and in reasonable light.
  13. Royal Tern

    Royal Tern

    Tanji beach holds large numbers of mixed tern species which allow close approach.
  14. Royal Assembly

    Royal Assembly

    Royal terns resting.
  15. No Splashing

    No Splashing

    Great Blue Heron and pesky Royal Tern.
  16. Tern


    Very elegant bird at times.
  17. Royal Tern

    Royal Tern

    A Royal Tern in winter dress.
  18. Royal tern

    Royal tern

    Royal tern at rest
  19. Royal Tern

    Royal Tern

    Sterna maxima at the Silver Strand, Coronado, CA, 09-21-03, CP 5700.
  20. Royal tern?

    Royal tern?

    is this a royal tern or elegant tern or are the two the same?
  21. You Don't Say

    You Don't Say

    Caught this one in the middle of a yawn.
  22. its my turn

    its my turn

    royal tern on the beach.