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14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Royal Tern with fish on the beach

This Royal Tern was among a flock of approximately 50 birds on the beach at sunrise. After a day or two of photographing them, they let me get very close and I noticed a lot of interesting behaviors. This individual carried his catch around like a trophy for quite some time; proudly offering it to his mates who weren't interested.

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Date Taken: 04.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Clearwater, Florida, United States of America
Copyright: © Jeff Levesque