Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Gull-billed Terns

Last Wednesday the tide was low around the wharf near the Jekyll Island Club. A Little Blue Heron was surveying the mud for a tidbit of food when I arrived. While watching the inch-by-inch search of the heron, a tern caught my eye.
A Gull-billed Tern, my goodness, that tern is one handsome bird. I followed it as it dipped and dived on the north side of the wharf. Soon two more joined it. I understand they nest on the new bird-nesting island near the north end of Jekyll. This island was created from material dredged out of the river just for the birds. Gull-billed Terns spend most of their time in the marsh. It is hard to predict where you will find them so I was thrilled to watch them for a while.

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