Silhouettes at Sunset ~ May 15, 2010 ! Breeding Season

Peaceful Sunset on Anna Maria Island
Peaceful Sunset on Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island Breeding Ground for Gulls and Terns
Anna Maria Island Breeding Ground for Gulls and Terns

The different species of terns and gulls are actively breeding on Anna Maria Island. The Royal Tern feeds by plunge-diving for fish and offers his fish to the female as part of the courtship display. After dancing in circles and rubbing beaks and chests they begin to breed. Their nesting takes place in ground scape and females lay one or two eggs. The nest are in dense colonies for protection. They become very aggressive (especially the male) while protecting the nest. To help preserve our wildlife officials have roped off a large area south of Bean Point. This is such an incredible display by the terns as they perform the ceremony of breeding. Soon we will see small terns hit our beaches and these same terns return year after year to the same nesting grounds. One just never knows what they may find when they are taking a stroll at sunset on Anna Maria Island. Please come and observe and snap away, but please do not disturb these birds and allow them to breed peacefully. And please enjoy the sunset!

Written by Melinda Bordes ~ 941-705-0146 ~ melinda@annamariasunset.com ~ Please feel free to contact me with all of your real estate needs whether buying or selling on Anna Maria Island or surrounding areas. This is one of my favorite months of the year. With all of the wildlife in full swing, the humidity is holding at a comfortable level, the water temps are warming making swimming a pleasure and the sunsets are spectacular!! Maybe that is what is calling you here!!

2 thoughts on “Silhouettes at Sunset ~ May 15, 2010 ! Breeding Season”

  1. Seeing these birds and how they have a specific design in the way they go about courting is a beautiful reminder that all of creation has a wonderful Designer. “And how much more you are worth than birds!” – Jesus

  2. Hi Melinda,

    We met at the black skimmer nesting site last night. What amazing pictures you have! I feel like we’re kindred spirits regarding sunsets, seabirds and labrador retrievers. I’d really like to find out more about the bird watchers/protectors, like what to politely say to uninformed people who disturb the colony. Some were using their camera’s flash after dark and setting off the whole colony. I asked them if they could tell that it bothered the birds and they just stared at me but stopped doing it-at least until I left.

    Take care and see you out there again soon!

    Lynndel

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