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Black Tern

Black Tern
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 2, jacqueline's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-10 0:58
Viewed: 3257
Points: 62
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Black Tern (Chlidonias niger)

Swedish name: Svarttärna, meaning ‘black tern’.

This is my second posting of this species that has been shown by Asbed a couple of times before; otherwise it is rarely seen on TN.

This is the most common of the three species of Chlidonias or marsh terns. It is most common in Eastern Europe where it spends the summer from May to September. It is rarer in N. and V. Europe and in Sweden it nests in small colonies in a few shallow lakes in the South.
It spends the winter in Africa.

It also occurs in similar habitats in N. America and overwinters in the tropics

I took this not far from my home where there is a nature reserve with marshes, lakes and ponds and where a colony of up to ten pairs of Black Terns nest. This is one of them flying around looking for dragonflies, which comprise a large part of their diet.

The reason for its name, a sooty black head and body is the breeding plumage that is reduced to black patches on the head by August and the rest of the body is white while the wings remain grey.

This was taken at a distance of about 15 meters (50 ft) with my long lens hand held and after moderate cropping and size reduction it was selectively sharpened and adjusted for light levels.

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Hi Ivan,

Good exposure on the underside of the bird which is sharp and stands out well from the blue sky. The highlight in the eye is an absolute bonus.


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-12-10 1:06]

Hola Ivan,
bonita captura amigo,
gran calidad y sobresaliente pov.
me gusta mucho tu trabajo.

Hej and good morning Dostum Ivan

Amazingly high quality in-flight shot of a pretty black tern from an impressive vantage point.
The colours, composition, exposure and sharpness are all great!
TFS and have a nice day MF!


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-12-10 1:24]

Hello Ivan
Wonderful presented this species...well done

A beautiful stop-action in flight capture from a revealing vantage point Ivan, which demonstrates the vental aspects of the bird and its wings to a perfection. Good exposure control too, against the brighter sky.
TFS indeed my friend.

Ciao Ivan. An imponent flyng capture with excellent details and DOF. Good focused bird against soft blue BG.


Hello Ivan
a fantastic capture of the Black Tern in-flight with outstanding sharpness, i like the wealth of splendid colour tones, excellent POV, very beautiful light and very pleasing composition with a marvellous posture of this graceful bird.
Best regards

Ciao Ivan, beautiful black tern in fantastic fly, fine details and splendid sharpness, perfect focus, very well done, ciao Silvio

hello Ivan

an excellent photo of the Black Tern, as you know i had post
3 times the Black Tern (in-flight) 2 in 2008 and 1 in 2009,
the one i posted this summer has almost a similar flight pose as yours,
you didi an excellent in-flight photo of this bird Ivan that i discovered in 2008,

fine POV and appropriate framing, superb focus and great sharpness
and details of its dark plumage, for me it became one of my favorite
birds to photograph in-flight (i have only 3 photos), last summer
i had alot of focusing problems if not i would have more than 1 photo,

quickly next summer (vivement l'été prochain) to photograph them
again in-flight with hoping that this time will be with a DSLR
to get an excellent photo like yours Yvan
(talking about focus that i had problems last summer),



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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-10 6:52]

Excellent photo of this Chlidonias migra, very nice colors and details!

Hello Ivan, wonderful shot of this blacvk tern in-flight. Nice composition.
TFS and regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-10 8:29]

Hello Ivan,
That's a very nice in flight, very original and elegant. I like the POV and background a lot. TFS.Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-10 13:02]

Hi Ivan,
Very nice capture of this flying black tern.Exposure is spot on.Details,catchlight in eyes and BG are wondeful.Excellent work!
Thanks for posting..

hej ivan!
de där är en mycke fin tärna som du tog
på ett mycke fint sätt,skärpan sitter
perfekt och kompositionen likaså!
very good!

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-10 14:31]

Slav Îvan,
An excellent capture of this beautiful bird in flight.The POV,sharp details and colors are wonderful.TFS and regards.
Bi slavên germ,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-10 14:59]

Hi Ivan,maybe our friend Asbed will be jalous of this incredible sharpness of this in-flight bird..ehehe...it's a very professional work that no need others comments but just my great compliments,have a nice day and thanks! Luciano

Salam Ivan,

A great in-flight capture of this Black Tern with beautiful colors, details & BG. Very well taken & presented. TFS & best wishes.


hello Ivan
knowing how much difficult are these shoots, I am glad for this splendid moment, which you froze very well, the output in the grey pallet but also with his blue sky is very fine, and the details for the distance of subject explicit, a very beautiful output and photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-12-11 4:43]

Hi Ivan,
Black Tern in the air, clear wings, a beautiful composition ...
In low light, very fine detail and pastel-tone colors.
Best wishes,

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-12-11 5:34]

Great focus, exposure control and timing. Pretty composition and background.
Greetings and TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2009-12-11 5:43]

Wish I could fly like this, beautiful species with great spread of its wings, good viewpoint and background. tfs.

Hello Ivan,
Excellent capture with superb colours and wonderful details.
You capture even the light in the eye.

merhaba Ivan dostum,
Black Tern is one my dream species, but I cant see it yet, altough it presents in Turkiye. you are lucky to see it and captured with perfect capture aganist blue BG. Sharp focus, exposure of dark and white parts great. POV and light using also wonderful. thanks for sharing this beauty.
have a nice weekend my friend

Hello Ivan
you have captured and presented this Black Stern of the best way possible with beautiful wings position, superb details and pose
the superb blue sky is a pefect BG
Have a good night

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-12-11 13:41]

Hi Ivan,

An absolutely beautiful in-flight capture of this Black Tern. The entire bird is in fine focus with wonderful details, colors, and shadings. The perfect blue sky makes a wonderful background.


Hi Ivan

Superb shot of this nicely plumaged tern. Excellent sharpness and details for that distance. Great composition.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-12 0:38]

Hello Ivan,
Not easy to get a photo of this bird in this sharpness and composition. They are very fast and don't fly in a straight line. So that makes this photo even more impressive. Great work!
Have a good weekend,

Hi Ivan.
Lovely and excellent in-flight shot of this bird.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-12 5:42]

Hello Ivan, impressive dynamic shot of this lovely bird in-flight with excellent details.
TFS and R's,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-12 8:27]

Hi Ivan,
Splendid sammansättning, med fågeln i flykt och himlen klar. Excellent färger.
En vacker kväll,

Buen encuadre, excelente enfoque y soberbia luz Ivan. El formato también muy adecuado y bellas tonalidades del conjunto; dominando todas especialidades en fotografía.
Espero que ya os haya parado de nevar :-)

Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

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