Get your wildlife photos in, please; we have a few in the tank and a lot of singletons, but I’m getting nervous. . .
Evolutionist John Avise has sent me a lot more than just the Duck O’ the Week photos, but I haven’t put many of them up in recent months. We’ll begin remedying that with today’s post, which John calls “One good tern deserves another.” Yes, it’s terns. John’s IDs and comments are indented.
Here are several tern species that I’ve captured in flight, mostly against blue sky backdrops.
Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia) Southern California (note the heavy ruby-red bill):
Elegant Tern (Sterna elegans), Southern California (note the thinner orange-red bill):
Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri), Southern California (note the deeply forked tail and bi-colored bill):
Least Tern adult (Sterna antillarum), Southern California (note the yellow bill and white forehead):
Least Tern juvenile (Sterna antillarum), Southern California:
Black Tern juvenile (Chlidonias niger), Southern California:
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), Finland:
White Tern (Gygis alba), Hawaii:
Greater Crested Tern (Sterna bergii), South Africa (note the yellow bill):
Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger), Southern California (note the long lower mandible):
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis), Florida (note the yellow-tipped black bill):