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A collage of Royal Terns. Photos taken at Cedar Key, Levy County, Florida, USA, with my Canon PowerShot SX260 HS camera. Edited in Picasa3.9 and Picnik.

The Royal Tern (Sterna maxima) is a slender, long-winged, long-billed bird. It has an orange bill, spiky black crest at the rear of the head, black legs and white face and belly with pale gray back and upper wings. Adults are easily noticeable by the black mask over their eyes.
The royal tern weighs 12-15 ounces, is about 19-20 inches in size, and has a wingspan of 49-53 inches.
Terns are found along the beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, California, and north to Maryland. The Royal Tern is almost entirely restricted to salt water, where it frequents harbors, estuaries, sandy beaches, and nearshore waters on the coast.
The Royal Tern makes its nest scrape on the ground on low-lying islands. Eggs are whitish to brown, heavily spotted around the larger end. Incubation is about a month and young also take about a month to fledge.
Terns forage on shrimp and other aquatic invertebrates. They hover before diving and have been known to steal food from pelicans.

Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 2 years ago

    Super work Dot, wonderful collage

  • Thank you so much, Robert!

    – AuntDot

  • Margaret  Shark
    Margaret Sharkabout 2 years ago

    Great shot, Dot!!! We’ve not been to Cedar Key. Looks like a place for the bucket list.

  • Thanks, Margaret. Yes, it’s worth the ride. I think it’s a charming little town, with lots of character, a few art co-op shops and gift stores, lots of water and bird photo ops, and the best ever New England Clam Chowder at Tony’s.

    – AuntDot

  • Lynda Heins
    Lynda Heinsabout 2 years ago

    Look right and royal don’t they….. Really lovely work Dot!:-)

  • Thanks so much, Lynda!

    – AuntDot

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonabout 2 years ago

    Lovely image!

  • Thank you, Lynn!

    – AuntDot

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanabout 2 years ago

    Really neat creation, Dot – well done!

  • Thanks very much, Monnie!

    – AuntDot

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesabout 2 years ago

    Beautifully done Dot, what a super idea.

  • Thanks so much, Morag!

    – AuntDot

  • Renee Blake
    Renee Blakeabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Dot !

  • Thanks very much, Renee! Much appreciated!

    – AuntDot

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