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Fishing Tern

Fishing Tern
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Copyright: Ralf Lukovic (ralfsworld) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 492 W: 93 N: 1903] (6560)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm F/2.8 L IS USM, CF Extrime IV 8 GB
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -2- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-06-24 6:31
Viewed: 3761
Points: 30
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I tried to capture common Tern in flight with fish :)
I used 800mm and camera on manual settings to get this shot. It was not easy to do that, 800mm don't give so much of view in viewfinder and to find and photograph this fast bird on the sky was little bit as a challenge to me. It was in the end of day and not so much light. Next time I will try little bit earlier and find place where birds are flying closer to place where I can sty and photograph and use 400mm lens.

What do you thing about this one?

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 Sterna 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 Arctic, 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 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...

more info @ wiki

ramthakur, Adanac, Luis52, CeltickRanger, Rolf, jeanpaul, uleko, Argus, marhowie has marked this note useful
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Shooting a bird in flight and that too when it is flying very fast is not an easy thing to do, Ralf.
However, you have done a wonderful job here. The Tern with a fish in its beak has been captured in sharp detail. The posture of the body suggests the escape velocity of the bird was quite high.
Thanks for your kind critique on my recent picture and also for sharing this neat picture.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-24 11:14]

Hello Ralf,
An excellent inflight image and considering the conditions you were under you did a superb job. The colors are great the focus at the long focal length is fairly sharp. Thanks for sharing Ralf.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-06-24 11:48]

Hello Ralf,
Excellent in flight capture! Great colors, good DOF and POV.


I a hurry a just marking excellent pictures today. Be back later.



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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2008-06-24 15:36]

Hola Ralf.
Bello momento capturado en esta hermosa foto. El pequeño pez en el pico y el azul del cielo lucen de maravilla.
Saludos Ralf.

hello Ralf

excellent sin-flight hot of this Tern wit a fish in his beak,
fine POV nd framing, excellent sharpness and details
and we can feel the fast fly of this bird, TFS


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  • Rolf Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 58 W: 0 N: 27] (196)
  • [2008-06-25 0:05]

Hello Ralf
Nice action shot.

Hi Ralf, great capture for this splendid bird with lovely flying pose, excelent sharpness and good details, very well done, ciao Silvio

bonjour Ralf
C'est une bonne photo de cet oiseau qui vole generalement assez vite et qui ne laisse pas beaucoup de temps pour faire la mise au point.
bonne exposition et netteté.
Merci et au revoir...JP

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-25 6:30]

Hej Ralf,
Considering the problems you had I think you díd very well!! I like your POV and the sharp focus on eye, beak and fish! I also like the way you've caught the long wing and sharp tail typical for a Tern. Fine colours and well composed too.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-25 7:33]

Hej Ralf,
Great in-flight capture of a Common tern with its capture. Nice POV and wing position and composition against a Swedish blue sky.

Ganska soligt men kall pålandsvind

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-25 10:01]

Hello Ralf,
Beautiful photo of this Tern in flight. Great timing. Good sharpness and details in excellent colours. Nice composition.

Very interesting shot. Great lighting, sharpness and textures. Well done.
Best wishes,

Great inflight fishing action Ralf!
Yes, filling the frame with a fast moving bird is most difficult, to say the least.
Your hard work has paid off very well..and there's always the next "fishing" trip to get it even better.
Well done & TFS!

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-07-07 5:28]

Hi Ralf
this is very nice composition
very good sharp
well done.

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