Caspian Tern

Lakeland Christmas Bird Count 2014

December 21, 2014 - We found lots of Caspian Terns and Laughing Gulls....  The Caspian Terns have bright orange, almost reddish, beaks, which distinguish them from similar terns.... Read more

Birds Posing on Palms at Viera Wetlands

November 22, 2011 - I noticed terns flying overhead several times, but I didn't see them well enough to identify them.  Then I noticed two Caspian Terns preening on palm stumps.  I like the "peek-a-boo" look of this guy...... Read more

Early Migrants at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 12, 2011 - You know that the hot summer is coming to a close at the Circle B Bar Reserve when you start seeing the first Pied-Billed Grebes on the Wading Bird Way trail.  Although grebes are year-round residents in Polk, I don't seem to see them until the very end of summer. …... Read more

Photographers Flock Back to Circle B Bar Reserve

September 4, 2011 - The temperatures were a bit cooler at the Circle B Bar Reserve this morning, and the photographers and the migrant birds alike have begun to return to the reserve.  Dyeyo and I hiked the Marsh Rabbit Run trail, Wading Bird Way trail, and Alligator Alley trail this morning in search…... Read more

Frogs and Snakes for Breakfast at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 4, 2011 - Carolina Wren The Wading Bird Way trail is relatively quiet, now that the American White Pelicans and a lot of the ducks have departed.  I spotted a Caspian Tern sitting on the path, so I tried to get closer to take his picture.  Except the bird didn't like me getting…... Read more

Caspian Tern

Skies Filled with Birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 28, 2010 - I don't recall seeing these birds before (if I did last year, I didn't know what they were.) Northern Shovelers I spotted several terns flying overhead, including what I think was a Royal Tern, and several Caspian Terns like this one.... Caspian Tern American Coots dominated the bird scene on…... Read more

Caspian Tern

A New Place to Explore: Viera Wetlands

November 26, 2010 - I think he's a Caspian Tern, but my tern identification skills need practice!... Caspian Tern As we left the wetlands, we saw an American Kestrel on an electric line right outside the water treatment facility.... Read more

Caspian Tern

Quiet morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

September 18, 2010 - Double-Crested Cormorant Double-Crested Cormorant The only interesting migrant bird I saw on Heron Hideout this morning was a Caspian Tern.... Caspian Tern There were plenty of heron, egret, and anhinga flyovers too.... There were the roosting Wood Storks, another Caspian Tern fly-by, and what I believe was a Magnolia Warbler…... Read more

More Migrants at the Circle B Bar Reserve

August 29, 2010 - This juvenile Little Blue Heron watched me watching him by Lake Hancock.  I had to use some fill flash.  It's fun to apply the techniques that I'm learning as I read Arthur Morris's books on bird photography.  Juvenile Little Blue Heron I stood for a few minutes watching the fly-bys…... Read more