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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS; 1/1000, f/6.8, ISO 320, focal length 90.0mm; AUTO setting

I photographed this Forster’s Tern in Cedar Key, Florida, USA.
For comparison to the Royal Tern see here.

FEATURED in The Birds, Nov. 18, 2012

From The Birds of North America Online:
Forster’s Tern is the only tern restricted almost entirely to North America throughout the year. Similar in appearance and ecology to several other terns, it is primarily a marsh bird, although it is also found along Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf coasts. A “marsh tern,” this species breeds primarily in fresh, brackish, and saltwater marshes, including marshy borders of lakes, islands, or streams. It is found more often in open, deeper portions of marshes, generally in wetlands with considerable open water and large stands of island-like vegetation and/or large mats of floating vegetation. Along the Atlantic Coast, Forster’s Tern breeds in marshy portions of beach and estuarine areas. The suitability of nesting habitat is often ephemeral, varying at a given site from year to year.

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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Comments

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you, Ray!

    – AuntDot

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    Nice capture Dot

  • Thank you, Larry!

    – AuntDot

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanabout 2 years ago

    He’s quite pretty as well – once again, terrific detail!

  • Many thanks!

    – AuntDot

  • Robert Elliott
    Robert Elliottabout 2 years ago

    super shot Dot

  • Thanks very much, my friend!

    – AuntDot

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 2 years ago

    great shot

  • Thanks! Much appreciated, Sylvia!

    – AuntDot

  • pcfyi
    pcfyiabout 2 years ago

    More nice pics!
    Featured 11-18-2012

  • Thanks so much for the kind comment and the feature!

    – AuntDot

  • Simon Duckworth
    Simon Duckworthabout 2 years ago


    Thank you for adding your work to the group – we look forward to seeing more!
    Click the banner to see your work in the group! 18th November 2012

  • Many thanks, Simon!

    – AuntDot

  • Thomas Stevens
    Thomas Stevensabout 2 years ago

    Great shot!

  • Thank you kindly, Thomas!

    – AuntDot

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