The BioFiles - Bill Hubick

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans)

Genus Thalasseus  / Family Laridae  / Order Charadriiformes  / Class Aves  / Phylum Chordata  / Kingdom Animalia

An Elegant Tern on San Francisco Bay, a preferred target of jaegers (9/24/2010).

An Elegant Tern on San Francisco Bay, California (9/24/2010).

An Elegant Tern on San Francisco Bay, California (9/24/2010).

An Elegant Tern on San Francisco Bay, California (9/24/2010).

An Elegant Tern on San Francisco Bay, California (9/24/2010).

An Elegant Tern on San Francisco Bay, California (9/24/2010).

A very pink Elegant Tern on the beach at Malibu Lagoon, California (9/30/2011).

Elegant Terns at Malibu Lagoon in Los Angeles County, California (9/30/2011).

Elegant Terns in San Francisco County, California (9/24/2010).

An Elegant Tern in San Francisco County, California (9/24/2010).

The highlight of a fishing (and, of course, birding) trip on San Francisco Bay was an unexpected number of jaegers and their harassment of the abundant Elegant Terns. For anyone new to jaegers, this group of birds specializes in kleptoparasitism, stealing other seabirds' meals. I often tell people that jaegers are where gull meets hawk. Skuas would be where gull meets eagle.

An Elegant Tern in San Francisco County, California (9/24/2010).

An Elegant Tern in flight at Bolsa Chica, California (10/6/2011).

Elegant Tern in Monterey County, California (4/1/2021).

Elegant Tern in Monterey County, California (4/1/2021).

Elegant Terns in Monterey County, California (7/25/2020).

Elegant Terns in Monterey County, California (7/25/2020).

Elegant Tern (middle) with Caspian Terns in Monterey County, California (7/31/2021).

Elegant Tern in Monterey County, California (11/8/2020).

Elegant Tern in Monterey County, California (11/6/2020).

Elegant Tern in Monterey County, California (4/1/2021).

Elegant Terns in Monterey County, California (7/25/2020).

Elegant Terns in Monterey County, California (7/25/2020).

Elegant Terns in Monterey County, California (7/25/2020).

Elegant Tern in Monterey County, California (9/12/2021).


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