This trio cracks me up.
The terns were quite unperturbed by my presence, and posed tranquilly for the camera.
(Don't they look like jaunty old men with receding hairlines?)
The little guy is a juvenile (I think.) He stayed right by his elder the whole time -
maybe he's not a teenager, yet?
(Addendum: I now think the smaller bird is a Sandwich Tern. They nest with Royal Terns in Florida. I've been watching these birds every time I go to the beach, and I realized pretty quickly that the smaller terns were not juvenile Royals, but it's taken me a long time to figure out exactly what they are! And I'm still not 100% certain. I can't believe how difficult tern identification is!)
(You know the drill. Click here if you want to learn more.)