Forster’s Tern on Lake Monroe

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A couple weeks ago I was at the marina on Lake Monroe looking for (and not finding) a that had been seen there earlier. So I occupied my time photographing other terns. I shared photos of Caspian Terns in another post, but there was also Forster’s Terns patrolling the marina area.

Most of them still had light heads and dark eye patches, but this one has progressed pretty far toward breeding plumage. So I concentrated on this particular individual, with a nearly all black cap and a deeply forked tail (at least on one side).

If you’re not familiar with Forster’s Terns, here’s one in it’s basic/winter plumage. As you can see, their looks change a bit this time of year.

By the way, the Royal Tern did show up there a few days later, though it did not cooperate very well for photos. It spent it’s time on the seawall east of the marina, too distant (and too cluttered) for good photos. But here’s the photo I used to document the sighting on eBird.

Forster’s Tern

Forster’s Tern

Forster’s Tern

Royal Tern (right of center) with Forster’s Terns (small ones), (left)and

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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