Galveston Co., Texas
2 November 2009
The white-fronted tern colony at Lake Ellesmere is so large there is a constant stream of birds flying from the colony to the sea and back, the returning birds will bills full of fish.
The birds stick to quite a distinct flight path offering an opportunity to pick up some good flight shots.
Orange County, California, US
Sterna dougallii Montagu, 1813, Roseate Tern, from Big Mama Sailing Yacht, between Clump Point, Mission Beach, and Eddy Reef, 24 November 2014
Calidris tenuirostris Horsfield, 1821, Great Knot, Calidris ruficollis (Pallas, 1776), Red-necked Stint, Charadrius ruficapillus Temminck, 1822, Red-capped Plover, Sterna dougallii Montagu, 1813, Roseate Tern, and Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae (Stephens, 1826), Silver Gull, Cairns Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, 21 November 2014
This large colony of white-fronted tern also had a few caspian terns nesting among their smaller cousins.
Sterna is a genus of terns in the bird family Sternidae. It used to encompass most "white" terns indiscriminately, but mtDNA sequence comparisons have recently determined that this arrangement is paraphyletic (Bridge et al., 2005). It is now restricted to the typical large white terns occurring near-globally in coastal regions.