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

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.

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Taken on March 9, 2007