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Copyright: Tabatha Osborne (fototab) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 301 W: 0 N: 362] (2177)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon 100-400mm IS
Exposure: f/13.0, 1/60 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-14 13:50
Viewed: 2716
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Least Tern
Sterna antillarum

Habitat: Broad, sandy, vegetation- free beaches usually located close to estuary.

Weight: Approximately 1 ounce.

Lenght: 8.5 - 9.5 in.

Wingspan: 20 in.

Life Expectancy: 15 years of age

Food: Small fishes, like sandiances; sand eels; crustaceans, like shrimp and prawns.

Status: State threatened

The Least Tern is a small, gull-like bird with long, pointed wings and a forked tail. It is white below and gray above, with black wing tips and a black cap with a white forehead. The bill and feet are yellow. Both sexes are similar, the female is smaller than the male.

In the East, least terns nest along the coast from southern Maine to Mexico. The re are also populations that nest in the Missouri and Mississippi River systems and on the Pacific coast.

In mid May, the first eggs are laid in a shallow depression in the sand. A nest consists of 1 to 3 cream colored eggs with dark brown blotches.The eggs hatch in 21 days. About 21 days later the young are able to fly.

I shot this image at work in our lay down yard. I used material to block off the lower yard to give the birds time to lay and hatch their eggs. We lost a few to a cat, but we did have some success in having the pleasure of watching a few mature. Because these birds are threatened I felt I had to do what I could to give them a chance.
I have some more images coming including some of the chicks so stay tuned.

Thanks for looking.


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Nice glimpse into the world of your tern Tabatha. Good pov getting down to it's level and showing some habitat. best, Brat.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-14 15:08]

I like the low POV. The focus is a bit soft, but I can see the light was difficult and you managed the exposure very well. Bravo for your efforts to provide a nesting area for this species.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-07-14 15:41]

nice pose good background nice colors. focus is a bit soft

Hi Tabatha,
Just noticed that we take photos at some of the same locations...Really nice photo of the tern...Really great thing you are doing by protecting the eggs and chicks...TFS

What a sweet shot! She has such a patient maternal look on her face. Sweet! :)
Good shot - you didn't disturb her but you got a great POV. :)

hi tabatha,
nice pov, well composed shot, the focus seems to be a bit soft here, nice dof,good pose,
tfs & regards

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-19 19:55]

Hello Tabatha

Very good detail and colours.The POV is excellent.Nicely captured with wonderful eye contact.TFS


Hi Tabatha,
Difficult exposure, but you handled it well. Nice POV of the bird in it's nest sitting pose. Good detail and plenty of DOF :) Excellent note,
Well done.

Hello Tabatha,
Very cute and pretty little bird of the Least Tern you present here.
You've captured very nice pose, with excellent details and focusing.
Also, I love this POV very much.
Well presented with informative note.
Best wishes,

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