Common Tern and friends

Common Tern and friendsCommon Tern and friends – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1000, ISO 160, Nikkor 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

One July morning at 2008 I came across quite a few Common Terns at Fort De Soto County Park’s north beach. Despite their name Common Terns weren’t all that common in Florida except during migration so I was happy to find them there on the beach and in flight along the shore.

Common Terns populations were decimated in the 19th century due to the millinery trade but they recovered with protection as did many other bird species that were targeted by feather collectors so women could wear feathers in their hats during that time period.

Common Terns are also called “Sea Swallows” and I like that name.

This Common Tern was resting on the beach when I photographed it in front of a flock of Sandwich Terns and a few Laughing Gulls. Even in nonbreeding plumage Common Terns are quite dashing in my opinion.

Life is good.



  1. Mia McPherson March 13, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Thanks all. I think Sea Swallow describes this tern beautifully!

  2. Elephant's Child March 13, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Sea swallow is a gorgeous term. Like Patty, I love it.
    I am so glad that feather (and bird) trimmed hats are largely a thing of the past.

  3. Patty Chadwick March 13, 2015 at 9:55 am

    “Sea swallow”…I’ve never heard the term before, but love it!

  4. Lois March 13, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Great, fun capture, Mia!!!!

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