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.