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Royal Tern at Pismo Beach (2 of 3) | by Alan Vernon.
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Royal Tern at Pismo Beach (2 of 3)

The position of the gonydeal angle of the beak indicates that this bird is a Royal Tern and not an Elegant tern. (Sibley Guide to birds). Observed hiding in the midst of a group of Western Gulls and Heermann's gulls.

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Taken on September 11, 2009