Clearwater Beach - Sandwich Tern

November 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Clearwater Beach - Sandwich Tern

It was nice to photograph gulls on Clearwater Beach, particularly two species I wouldn't normally see in the UK. But it wasn't the gulls that attracted me to walk further down the beach. There appeared to be a range of other species just a short distance away.

The first of these was a bird you can see in the UK. The Sandwich Tern is slightly bigger than the more frequently seen Common Tern. It is characterised by a long black bill with a yellow tip and black feet. The feathers on the back of its crown are elongated and form a crest, and it gains a white forehead during the nesting season. 

Whilst I have seen plenty of Sandwich Terns in the UK, it has always been from a distance. Along with seemingly most birds in Florida, these Sandwich Terns were quite easy to approach to take frame filling images with my 100-400mm lens.

Sandwich TernSandwich TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Sandwich TernSandwich TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Sandwich TernSandwich TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Sandwich TernSandwich TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Sandwich TernSandwich TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Sandwich TernSandwich TernClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Sandwich Tern PairSandwich Tern PairClearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Further details and more images of these birds can be found here.


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