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Large-billed Tern

Large-billed Tern
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-08-26 6:14
Viewed: 1985
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After my last posting of a bird in flight, the Yellow-headed Caracara, two weeks ago, I start today with new in flight photos.
First A NEW BIRD FOR TREKNATURE: The Large-billed Tern.
Not all in perfect quality, but Learning About Nature Through Photography.

The Large-billed Tern is about 38 – 40.5 cm.
It is locally fairly common in the Pantanal, mainly along rivers, sometimes feeding around nearby lakes and ponds. A large tern with a bold wing pattern and short, slightly forked tail. Heavy yellow bill; legs dull yellowish green.
Breeding adult has crown and black ear-coverts ; back, rump and tail grey; lores and underparts white.
Nonbreeding adult similar but with some white on forecrown.
In flight shows a very contrasty pattern with large area of white on greater coverts and secondaries, black primaries. Large size, stout yellow bill and flashing wing-pattern should preclude confusion.
Often found in small groups, regularly resting on sandbars but also sometimes perching on low branches.
Nests in colonies with Yellow-billed Terns and Skimmers on sandbars.
Most often silent, but this species can be quite vocal around its nesting colonies, giving loud squealing calls: “kreeah”.

Source: Birds of Brazil. The Pantanal & Cerrado of Central Brazil by John A. Gwynne, Robert S. Ridgely, Guy Tudor and Martha Argel.

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Hello Peter-Thank you Very Much for your another New Species here in TN.Against blue sky it looks nice.Eyes portion is dark black,but no problem.....I can easily see the catching light on its eye.Good sharpness and colour.Regards and thanks for sharing-Srikumar

hallo Peter
prachtig zo in de vlucht genomen
goed van scherpte en weer prachtige kleuren
bedankt gr lou

You are truly humble ... you said "... Not all in perfect quality, ... "; but it is PERFECT.
Your notes ... great!!!
Your sigma 400mm did a lovely job.
Best regards,

EXCELLENT flight shot.........

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-08-26 11:32]

Hi Peter,great timing to take this in flight tern in this beautiful wings position,perfect exposure,fine detail and magic light transparencies on the wing,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Peter,

Hope you are well. Your contributions to TN are invaluable as all our friends acknowledge here and you fully deserve the credit.I agree with Mario, quality is not as bad as you perhaps fear. It is a perfect in-flight shot of great beauty.Thanks a lot for sharing, take care,

warm regards/Abid

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2014-08-26 16:54]

interesting angle and timing. good work.

Hi Peter!
Congratulations on introducing another bird to TN's gallery. It is a very good shot with good sharpness and details and a very good contrast with the blue sky. It is not easy to take decent shots of flying birds, well done. Yes it has a distinctively large bill as compared to yellow billed or whiskered terns. Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hello Peter,
I am impressed by the magnificent sharpness and the superb details of this image despite that the bird is in flight....Another superb specie.....Very nice colors and outstanding clarity. It is a perfect photo with best clarity. Lovely contrast against the sky.

Ciao Peter. Light and colours Amazing. Very good details against the soft blue.


Impressive Tern and beautiful photo Peter! Very good composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness!

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely tern in fantastic fly, fine details, wonderful colors, perfect focus and splendid clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Peter,
this is really a large bill - makes its name true!
Good and sharp shot in full flight.
have nice day

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2014-08-28 8:15]

Hi Peter.
You managed to capture a very impressive moment in flight. Wingspread, your POV are superb and demonstrate all beauties of the bird. Exposure of the image is perfect and colours of the shot are natural and nice. My warm regards and TFS.

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