Friday, March 21, 2014

CAMERA CRITTERS, SATURDAY'S CRITTERS AND BIRD D'POT

Whenever I get the opportunity to look at birds on a beach I get very happy.  Seagulls are one of my favorites and when we were heading north towards home but still in Florida, we stopped at a beach full of them.  There were also pelicans but I'll share more of those later.


I thought I was going to see the regular kind, but there were a few that quickly stood out for me as I had never seen them before. 


 The lighter colored seagulls with the outstanding hair-do are Royal Terns (Sterna maxima).   If you click on this link it will give you more information.


I learned something else thanks to a kindly blogger.  Susan of This N That told me that the 'hair-do' is also only there for the breeding season.  And now I know, thanks Susan!



One good 'tern' deserves another.  Sorry, I couldn't help using a little turn of phrase.



A short video on Flagler Beach.  If you aren't able to view it then you can go here.


I am joining Misty's Camera Critters,  Eileen's Saturday's Critters.  and Anni's Bird D'PotThank you for hosting ladies, I am always happy to join in these great meme's.

36 comments:

Rose ~ from Oz said...

My favourites too Denise and that first image would look fantastic enlarged to canvas wall art. I love it.

Susan said...

Hi Denise, I love the cute little black head feathers on the Royal Tern, but its only there for the breeding season. Handsome!
Thanks for the link and the video :D)

Anne Jeffries said...

Hi Denise. Love seeing the cold winter beach and hearing the sounds of the wind and the waves. Gulls are such cocky birds. They are the true rulers of the beach; their faces express absolute get out of my way confidence.

Hope to see you sometime after Easter when we reach VA. Will be in touch.

TexWisGirl said...

terns always amuse me - they look like they have such attitude. :)

Carole M. said...

enjoyed your seabirds Denise and also too your video-clip and hearing you comment

Gail Dixon said...

I saw my first royal terns recently. They're so pretty and your shots of them are great!

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

One good tern! Beautiful shots of his highness.

William Kendall said...

I've heard of that kind of tern, but haven't seen them myself. They're quite striking!

Michelle said...

I do like that Royal Tern!

Betsy Adams said...

Gorgeous birds, Denise. You certainly have learned alot about the shore birds... I only know my little backyard birds!!!!!

The Royal Tern is GORGEOUS...

Hugs,
Betsy

Adam said...

great pictures of the seagulls

Ranita Sinha said...

Such beautiful birds..We are far away from the seas so we never get to see such great views..but the few times we had been to the beaches on vacations I have never seen any bird..may our beaches are so crowded that they prefer to keep away..loved your post..

Elephant's Child said...

Love that 'do'.

Cloudia said...

Now I'm happy too!



ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral

=^..^= <3

Stewart M said...

Gulls and terns are a perfect match - I really like them both. We only really have 3 species of gull in Australia.

Glad you liked my wordy post on cycles and such like - if you have nay blog contacts that you think would like what I write, feel free to share my posts!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Marie said...

Enjoyed seeing the terns very much! Such an interesting bird! LOVED the video clip. I felt like I was there!

Valerie said...

That's interesting about the Royal Tern. My thanks to Susan for the information.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Whule not my favorite shore birds, Denise, you captured his royalness with a bit of good humor tossed in as well.

Debbie said...

i always enjoy shorebirds, they remind me of home!!

great images!!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

neat looking gulls

Karen said...

I like seagulls too. The tern is cute!

Sandy Kessler said...

i feel like I'm there so pretty and treanquil

Pat said...

Nice shots of these pretty birds.

Gunilla Bäck said...

Wonderful photos of the pretty tern. I always enjoy seeing gulls.

Adam Jones said...

Very nice pictures. Those Royal Terns are awesome looking.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, I love the gulls and the Royal tern photos. The Terns are one of my favorite birds. They have attitude! Great shots and video.. Thank you for sharing your post on Saturday's Critters. Have a happy weekend!

Anni said...

Love your 'tern' of words! Playful, I like that.

Yes, birds of all species have a noticeable difference in their looks during breeding season. And it's really a special treat to see nature at work.

Great photos Denise. That first image with all the shore birds and the trickling of the sea coming in is dramatic. Love it.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Nice close shots of the tern. Thanks for the view of the ocean. Although we live only 18 miles inland we rarely venture out there, preferring to explore the Everglades prairies and wetlands.

Roan said...

Very nice shots and enjoyed your video.

Kathie Brown said...

Denise, wow! I totally missed out on going to the ocean while in Florida and so did not see any Royal terns this time. It was fun to hear your voice! I'm back home in Maine, now and waiting for spring to arrive!

HansHB said...

Awesome serie! Funny birds!

I do have birds both at my ordenary blog and at my B&W Blog, too:

http://hanshb.wordpress.com/

SeagullSuzie said...

Beautiful birds, close to my heart as you know, thanks for these great images.

Brian King said...

Love the terns! They're very stately looking!

Jen said...

I've always liked seagulls, too. Until recently, when I started birdwatching, I had no idea the tern wasn't just another seagull. Nice photos.

Linda@arichtapestry said...

Those terns are fascinating with their crests and long beaks. It was good to see your video clip of your walk along the shoreline and hear your voice. Have a lovely week, Denise.

kissed by an angel said...

So beautiful, Denise!!! Those are lovely photos of these birds!!! I've never seen these kind of seagulls and also pelicans in freedom!
Perhaps you know how much I love the sea!!! Because of your wonderful video I can hear the sound of the waves...wonderful...and your voice sounds really nice, too :)