I like that Royal Tern. He/she is one funky looking dude. Congrats on expanding your list.
I guess that attitude of the Royal Tern is why he has 'Royal' in his name! :-)
Neither of them look like birds that would take challenges lightly. Glorious, but more than a little aggressive looking.
You certainly know your birds. I am waiting for your bird book to be published. These beauties would look like on glossy paper.I love your simple, yet elegant shell banner.Hey to The boys.
Hi Patty, Don't give me too much credit! I have a handy "Birds of South Carolina" folding pocket card. As for the "winter plumage" - if the shape, size, bill and leg colour look right but the plumage looks a bit wonky I go to Google Images and look at photos of the bird, you will often find descriptions like "first winter plumage", "non-breeding plumage" etc. Another excellent site is 10000birds.com. Mike and Corey are great at responding to "What the heck is this?" queries. In fact, a quick email with photo to Mike helped me identify the birds in my Wind Surfing post.Hi from Gray to Skipper!
I like the Forster's Tern. South Carolina is wonderful place and you can do many things there.