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Common Tern portrait

Common Tern portrait
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-09-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-22 8:43
Viewed: 2431
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a juvenile common tern. I hope you like the portrait.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) 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 is a medium-sized tern, 34-37 cm long with a 70-80 cm wingspan. It is most readily confused within its range with the similar Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) and Roseate Tern (S. dougalli).
Its thin, sharp bill is red with a dark tip. Its longish legs are also red. Its upperwings show a dark primary wedge, unlike the Arctic Tern, in which they are uniformly grey. Its long tail extends only to the wingtips on the standing bird, unlike Arctic and Roseate Terns, which extend past the wingtips. It is not as pale as the Roseate Tern and has longer wings.
In winter, the forehead and underparts are white. Juvenile Common Terns show extensive ginger coloration and lack the 'scaly' appearance of juvenile Roseate Terns.
The call is a clear piping, like that of the Arctic Tern, but lower-pitched and less strident.
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.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-10-22 8:45]

Buna Razvane,
Minunate culori si detalii, felicitari!

Strangely composed detailed capture of this beautiful Common Tern, friend Razvan. Strangely composed because looks quite strange for my taste. This can not be a negative aspect in my comment, and I actually think that the setup is quite good. Very well captured highlights/midtones and shadows. Not an easy task when pure black and white colors are mixed! Bravo!
George Veltchev

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-22 9:51]

Hello Razvan,
Nice close portrait of a juvenile Common Tern.
The lateral POV shows the head and most of the body in fine lighting with superb sharpness and natural colours against a clean blue contrasting BG.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Ciao Razvan, lovely portrait of cute bird, splendid sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

hello Razvan
super pose of this head
great details and good sharpness
beautiful colours to
greeting lou

Hello Razvan,
Very "clean" shot, with perfect details and textures in bird's plumage. I like a lot the cut you've made!... wow!... Like a nice postcard!... Weel done.

PS: 10o points on white balance!..

Ciao Razvan. What tender portrait! Very good sharp and perfect focus against the blurred BG.


Buna Razvan,
Excelente detalii si culori. Un portret foarte reusit cu un focus perfect.
Felicitari si un weekend placut!

Good portrait, pin sharp, good colours and feather detail, love the glint in the eye!

Hello Razvan,
another beautiful image of bird, colors, details and light perfect. Excellent picture. Regards, Paolo

Hi Razvan,

Very nice very nice kind of have a look. Point of view, with the wonderful colors and details have been shooting a portrait. TFS ...Mehmet

Bonjour Razvan,
Agréable portrait sous une bonne profondeur de champ et une belle lumière permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

what a beautiful portrait of this Common Tern,
cool pose, excellent details, superb colors and light and wonderful blue sky
Have a great sunday

love the mood and compoistion of this picture
welldone Razvan
keep it up !

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