Royal Terns and Friends

Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)
Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020

Terns are seabirds, i.e. birds that feed in the oceans outside the surf/tidal zones. On our recent trip to Florida, we visited a beach on Sanibel Island that had a small flock of Royal Terns along with a few Forster’s Terns and Sandwich Terns. I really enjoyed seeing them, but I did chuckle a bit when I saw the Royal Tern. They reminded me of a long nosed, old. bald guy. Mostly, they were just hanging out on the beach until something disturbed them. Then, they all took off, circled around and came back down to hang out.

Most of the Terns in these images are the Royal Tern. One of the images includes a Forster’s Tern and another shows a Sandwich Tern softly blurred in the background. They are noted in the individual image.

Note: Please click on caption to see image at higher resolution.

Royal Terns
Note: The tern in the background on the left is a Sandwich Tern.
Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020

Royal Tern
Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri), Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)
The smaller tern with black beak and orange legs is the Forster’s Tern.
Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020
Royal Tern
Bowman’s Beach, Sanibel Island, FL; FEB 2020

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