Sandwich Tern Fish Exchange

Sandwich Tern Gives Fish to Wrong Mate!

May 31, 2019 - I focused mostly on the Sandwich Terns because I don't have many images of their courtship rituals.... (or the ones that sometimes follow if the fish is particularly yummy) After so many happy hours photographing Least Tern courtship, it struck me that the Sandwich Terns find much bigger fish!... Read more

Sandwich Tern chases fish in mid-air

The Chase

September 15, 2013 -  The Sandwich Terns were in a feeding frenzy over the ocean.... Read more

Flying Sandwiches

September 7, 2012 - ...I really enjoyed my Labor Day morning at Fort De Soto this past weekend. When I arrived at North Beach just after sunrise, I found the beach covered in terns. It was funny how the photographers walked right past Big Red to instead focus on the masses of terns. I practiced a lot of panning […] Read more

Early Fall Migrants at Fort De Soto

July 24, 2011 - I think the Royal Terns were the most plentiful, followed by the Sandwich Terns.  They are hard to identify at this time of year because they are starting to molt into their basic plumage, and because there are a lot of first-year birds in their juvenal plumage.... Read more

My First Trip to Fort De Soto

September 4, 2010 - Royal Tern Sandwich Tern Sandwich Tern When I was a kid, we had a joke in our family that we went to the beach to visit Pete the Pelican.  How did we know which pelican was Pete?  Why, he was the one out in front, of course!  (My grandfather is…... Read more