Common Tern Silhouette, Nickerson Beach, Long Island, New York, USA

A photo of a tern's silhouette against an orange sky.
Thomas Pfeifer, East Northport, New York, USA

“A tern colony resides here for the better part of the summer, raising their young and preparing for their migration south. In August, the birds often become very busy at dusk as they retrieve fish from the ocean to satisfy the hunger of their rapidly growing chicks." -- Nature's Best photographer, Thomas Pfeifer

See a slideshow of other photos from the 2011 Nature's Best Photography Ocean Views Contest.