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Copyright: Andrea Piazza (elefantino) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1123 W: 115 N: 2184] (14406)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon 70/200 f2.8 VR + TCII 1.7x AF-s, (digital)
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2006-07-05 3:42
Viewed: 2818
Points: 13
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Common Tern
Common Tern
(Sterna hirundo)

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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Sternidae
Genus: Sterna
Species: S. hirundo
Binomial name
Sterna hirundo
Linnaeus, 1758

It is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. This bird has a circumpolar distribution breeding in temperate and sub-arctic regions of Europe, Asia and east and central North America. It is strongly migratory, wintering in the subtropical and tropical oceans. It is sometimes known as the sea swallow.

This species breeds in colonies on coasts and islands and often inland on suitable freshwater lakes. This latter practice is assisted by the provision of floating "tern rafts" to give a safe breeding area. It lays two to four eggs. Like many white terns, it is very defensive of its nest and young and will attack humans and other large predators, but unlike the more aggressive Arctic Tern rarely hits the intruder, usually swerving off at the last moment.

Like all Sterna terns, the Common Tern feeds by plunge-diving for fish, from either the sea or freshwater lakes and large rivers. It usually dives directly, and not from the "stepped-hover" favoured by Arctic Tern. The offering of fish by the male to the female is part of the courtship display.

This is a medium-sized tern, 34-37 cm long with a 70-80 cm wingspan.

The call is a clear piping.

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Ciao Andrea,
bella "rondine",bella l'apertura delle ali e bello il contrasto.

La volpe l'ho fotografata all'Oasi di Gaggio.
Se ti interessa, in un canale a Musile c' una "sgarza ciuffetto", la vedo quasi ogni giorno poco dopo le 15.00

Hi Andrea,
Very nice in-flight capture!
Great clarity in the fine colours, well composed to enhance the action...
Pablo -

Hi Andrea
This is a really lovely inflight capture, good colours, natural POV.
My inclination (and this is a matter of personal taste, perhaps) would be to crop a little tighter so that the bird is not quite so lost in all that blue.

Hi Andrea,

Well done on the effort.
A little too far for cropping factor. too much work went into it to save it. Judgement is based on the top notched equipment used to capture the Tern.


Hi Andrea,
Excellent shot on this Tern. Very beautiful colors and good detail. I shot alot of these little guys on my recent trip to Florida. This looks great. It is making me want to head back to the ocean.

Nice attempt Andrea.
Getting close enough to your subject is paramount in getting that good capture..and the hardest part :)
I have to agree with Mike on the points he raised.

Hej Andrea!
Doskona퀉 kadr mewy. Bardzo pikne kolory i dobre szczeg車y.
Gratuluj i przesylam serdecznosci - Roma

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