Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus)

Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) off Dana Point, California. December 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) off Dana Point, California. December 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

Gulls and Terns are not the easiest to identify. At least for me :). The main criteria is that Royal Terns (Thalasseus maximus) has a thicker and more robust beak than the Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans).

Terns are pretty amazing to watch in flight, their aerodynamic, their speed and their agility are really impressive.

Love Nature.
Jonathan