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Sandwich Tern
Sterna sandvicensis
The Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis) is a common coastal tern of eastern North America as well as the Gulf Coast region. The species also occurs along the Gulf coast of Mexico, all the way to South America. Adults show a yellow-tipped bill, but many young birds do not develop this yellow tip until their first winter. The shots of various plumages and ages of Sandwich Terns on this pager were taken on Sanibel Island, Lee Co., Florida, in November, 2006, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 500mm F/4 L IS lens.
The next 4 images of a breeding plumaged Sandwich Tern were taken at South Padre Island, Cameron Co., Texas, in May, 2007, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark II and EF 600mm F/4 L IS lens and 1.4X extender.
The next 10 images show a pair of Sandwich Terns in copulation at South Padre Island, Cameron Co., Texas, in May, 2010. These images were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and an EF 800mm F/5.6 L IS lens.
Sandwich Tern
Sterna sandvicensis
Sea Rim State Park,
Jefferson Co., Texas
20 May 2013
Sandwich Tern
Sterna sandvicensis
Port Bolivar,
Galveston Co., Texas
24 September 2015
Sandwich Tern
Sterna sandvicensis
Port Bolivar,
Galveston Co., Texas
24 September 2015
Sandwich Tern
Sterna sandvicensis
Port Bolivar,
Galveston Co., Texas
24 September 2015
Sandwich Tern
Sterna sandvicensis
San Luis Pass,
Galveston Co., Texas
24 September 2015