Left Terns-Royal and Sandwich 03-09-2007 Sanibel_FL

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    Hundreds of terns in non-breeding plumage gather on the beaches of Sanibel Island each winter. The adults fly back and forth from the "fish market", i.e., the Gulf of Mexico, to get herring and other fish for their young, who wait (im-)patiently, peeping and begging. In breeding season, the adult Royal Terns' black "Mohawk" haircuts grow in to cover their crowns.

    aphriza, Raymond Lee Photography, and 1 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. aphriza 75 months ago | reply

      I really like this photo. It's a nice composition and also very useful for practice picking out different sizes and shapes. Thanks for Birdsharing! _ Hugh

    2. Cornell Lab of Ornithology 73 months ago | reply

      This photo appears on All About Birds, a free online bird guide from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Thank you for Birdsharing, and for helping people learn about birds.

    3. MurrayH77 56 months ago | reply

      Nice beach flock!

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