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Common Tern / Sterna hirundo

Common Tern / Sterna hirundo
Photo Information
Copyright: Bedri Kalemci (bedri) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, NIKKOR AF-S 300mm f/4D IF-ED
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-09-16 12:04
Viewed: 3067
Points: 20
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Sumru / Sterna hirundo / Common Tern

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 coastal tropical and subtropical regions. It is sometimes known as the sea swallow.

This medium-sized tern is 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), Roseate Tern (S. dougalli), Antarctic Tern (S. vittata) and South American Tern (S. hirundinacea).

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.

Food and feeding
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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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To anemone: Teşekkür..bedri 1 09-25 14:26
To cako: Teşekkür..bedri 1 09-17 12:23
To Miss_Piggy: Thanks..bedri 1 09-17 12:22
To PeterZ: Thanks..bedri 1 09-17 12:21
To nglen: Thanks..bedri 1 09-17 12:20
To roges: Teşekkür..bedri 1 09-17 12:20
To boreocypriensis: Teşekkür..bedri 1 09-17 12:19
To rousettus: Teşekkür..bedri 1 09-17 12:17
To armadillo: Teşekkür..bedri 1 09-17 12:17
To nikosrio: Thanks..bedri 1 09-17 12:16
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  • Great 
  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-09-16 12:10]
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Bedri bey harika olmuş burada da döktürüyorsunuz keyifle izliyorum ellerinize sağlık.selamlar.

Hallo Bedri
This is a great capture! A simple, yet so beautiful composition. A stunning and special image with lovely colours and clear details. Masterly photographed and I cannot find any fault. You have managed to capture this Common Tern in a great frontal view, displaying all the beautiful details in its facial area. Focus, sharpness and framing is great and presented in a most delightful manner. Lovely soft background. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-09-16 12:17]
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Hello Bedri,
Great close up taken from an impressive POV. Excellent sharpness and very beautiful clear colours, also in the OOF BG. Fantastic choice of composition. Beauty!

  • Great 
  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-09-16 12:22]
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Hi Bedri. This is a fine close up of the Common Tern . I like the POV looking straight at the birds face. Very good feather detail and bright colours. well done TFS.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-09-16 12:28]
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Merhaba Bedri,

Olağanüstü bu makro. Güzel renkler ve mükemmel kontrast.

Çekmeyi en çok arzuladığım türlerden biri Sumru Bedri bey.
Arka plandaki güzellik, sumrunun merakla bakış anıyla bütünleşmiş. Kısaca zamanlamnız çok güzel.
Elinize sağlık.

of off, nefis bir portre. adanın sumrularından biri olsa gerek. netlik, zamanlama, açı ve pozlama çok güzel. elinize sağlık Bedri Bey.
iyi geceler, selamlar.

Bedri bey nefis.....

Hello Bedri.
Excellent portrait, very sharp details, nice natural colors, well blured BG, great POV,
TFS, regards,

Merhabalar Bedri bey,
Çok net çok temiz bir fotoğraf, ayrıntılar çok iyi ve arka planınız ve kuş çok uyumlu renklerde..
Tebrikler elinze sağlık..

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