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Inca Tern

Inca Tern
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Copyright: Mark Kula (markula) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 147 W: 0 N: 216] (882)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-08-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A - Z Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-09-11 7:49
Viewed: 4000
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This shot was taken at the Bronx ZOO in aquatic birdpark. Inca terns residing there are perhaps the easiest to photograph because they like to sit on higher rocks all over the place and this way give you a chance to shoot them against blurred background. I took this picture at ISO400 set when I thought I would try to shoot the birds bathing and then forgot to swich it back. Taken on a monopod, original image.

The Inca Tern, Larosterna inca, is a seabird in the family Sternidae. It is the only member of the genus Larosterna.
This uniquely-plumaged bird breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile, and is restricted to the Humboldt current. It can be identified by its dark grey body, white moustache on the both sides of its head, and red-orange beak and feet.
The Inca Tern breeds on rocky cliffs. It nests in a hollow or burrow or sometimes the old nest of a Humboldt Penguin, and lays one or two eggs. The eggs are incubated for about 4 weeks, and the chicks leave the nest after 7 weeks.
This is a large tern, 41cm long. Sexes are similar; the adult is mostly slate-grey with white restricted to the facial plumes and the trailing edges of the wings. The large bill and legs are dark red. Immature birds are purple-brown, and gradually develop the facial plumes.
The Inca Tern feeds by plunge diving for fish like a Sterna tern. Its call is a cat-like mew.

Source: Wikipedia

timonejoon, ScottHale, pablominto, Argus, vanderschelden, jcoowanitwong, elefantino, Hil, SkyF, coasties, RAP, shirgold has marked this note useful
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Hi Mark

So funny. he has mostache:)). briliant shot, with great POV and DOF. lovely and sharp.
well done


Great catchlight, focus and colors. I like the isolation created by the shallow DOF. good notes. An all around superb photo.

Hi Mark,
This is a great tern portrait!
Excellent lighting makes the feather coat really attractive with superb details and fine colours...
The bird is well framed on this non-intrusive background!
Pablo -

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-11 9:50]

Hello Mark,
This is a fine close up portrait of a an attractive tern. If the bill were sharp it would have been perfect.
TFS this and the info.
Regards, ivan

Excellent color and details. Very well done!

Great capture.
I like everything including the note.

Hi Mark,
A perfect picture of a beautiful bird. I like the contrast and sharpness. Composition also great. With best regards,

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  • takos1 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 261 W: 25 N: 208] (2607)
  • [2006-09-11 11:55]

Un ritratto speciale, Mark!
Bellissimi i colori ed i particolari, bravo!

Ciao e grazie.

salut mark
au concours de la plus belle moustache il est sur de gagner.
c'est un excellent portrait tres coloré et bien detaillé.le BG est parfait et bonne lumiere.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-09-11 15:48]

Hi Mark,

Superb shot, lovely composition and pose, the feather detail is excellent and very sharp, the colours are lovely and the lighting is great too.

TFS Hilary :)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-09-11 18:06]

Hello Mark,
great portrait of this tern, the details are very crips. POV, lighting and exposure are very good. The beautiful neutral BG lets the bird stand out very well.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-09-11 22:46]

Hi Mark

Nice portrait of this tern.Really nice colours especially the red and yellow of the beak area.The DOF and POV are good and your subject shows very well against that beautiful BG.TFS


Hello Mark

Nice head shot of a beautiful bird. Love his plumage. Very unusual. Well composed with excellent exposure show plenty of detail. :-)

Great portrait MarK!!!
Light on the eye of this amazing bird is really good.
Compo and exposure are ok.
Well done and tsf

Hi Mark,
This is really a great portrait of this Tern. Details are amazing and I really like this shadow... Very nice colors and this very well composed. TFS,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-09-16 7:09]

Una bella imagen Mark con rasgos bien definidos y adecuado control de la luz.
El trasfondo suave y difuso, realza aun más la silueta del ave.
Correcto encuadre y elección del recorte.
TFS y saludos... Ricardo

A beautiful image Mark with very defined features and appropriate control of the light.
The soft and diffuse background, even enhances more the silhouette of the bird.
Correct framing and election of the crop.
TFS and greetings... Ricardo

Hi Mark,
Thanks for sharing this. I have seen them in the wild but never in such detail - this is a magniicent bird.
Very nice capture of the most interesting visual of the bird - it's unique plumage.
TFS - Shir

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