Royal Tern at Cedar Key by AuntDot

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Canon PowerShot SX260 HS; 1/1000s, f/6.8, ISO 200, focal length 90.0mm; AUTO setting
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I photographed this Royal Tern in Cedar Key, Florida, USA.

FEATURED in Live, Love, Dream, May 17, 2013
FEATURED in Florida the Sunshine State, Feb. 2. 2013
FEATURED in Furry Friend’s Features, Jan. 20, 2013
FEATURED in The Birds, Jan. 15, 2013
FEATURED in You Got It, We Want It, Jan. 13, 2013

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 weights 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. However, it is now being seen more frequently, especially in winter, over inland lakes and at phosphate mines in Florida.
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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  • AuntDot
    AuntDotabout 2 years ago

  • Monnie Ryan
    Monnie Ryanabout 2 years ago

    Well done – the orange beak and black tail feathers really stand out!

  • Thanks, Monnie. Yes, this bird has some nice contrast in its colors.

    – AuntDot

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture Dot

  • Thank you so much, Larry!

    – AuntDot

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyabout 2 years ago

    Exceptional capture, Dot. Great focus, color and detail…

  • What a very nice comment, Carol! Thank you!

    – 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! Sunday 13 Jan 2013 11:23

  • Thank you, Simon.

    – AuntDot

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • Thanks Ray!

    – AuntDot

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 2 years ago


  • Thank you so much, my friend. (Sticking to English this time…LOL)

    – AuntDot

  • Scott  Cook
    Scott Cookabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature Aunt Dot

  • Thanks very much, Scott!

    – AuntDot

  • ValeriesGallery
    ValeriesGalleryabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful shot!

  • Thanks for your visit and comment, Valerie. Much appreciated!

    – AuntDot

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallabout 2 years ago

    Features Tuesday 15 January 2013

    Beautiful work!!!

  • Thank you so much, Steve. I appreciate the feature so much!

    – AuntDot

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