Wednesday 22 May 2024

Wild Bird Wednesday 617 - Royal Tern

Back to Cuba for WBW this week.

These are Royal Terns (Thalasseus maximus) is the second largest of all the terns found in the world.  Only the Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) is larger. The Royal Tern is about 50 cm from bill tip to tail tip.  They are an impressive bird!

These birds were loafing about on the beach at Cayo Coco on the northern shore of Cuba.  These are a series of islands that can be reached by driving over a long causeway road from the mainland.   There are a number of 'all inclusive resorts' in the islands - and without question the birding was better than the resorts! Oh well.

The Royal Tern breeds on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, and after breeding disperses as far as West Africa.

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  1. Hari OM
    Gorgeous - like a dance troupe! (Love the new blog banner, too!) YAM xx

  2. It's your tern to take a trip. Glorious sun!

  3. Love terns. Such pretty birds!

  4. Wow the terns are looking very sleek

  5. That is a striking bird Stewart. Very nice photos. Thank you Aloha!

  6. What a wonderful looking Tern and great shots of it Stewart5. Thanks for hosting and commenting. Have a great week

  7. love their beak and colors...... beautiful....

  8. I don't know how long you've had that picture on your blog header. I love it.
    Great shots of the Terns..