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White-fronted Tern

White-fronted Tern
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon 70-300mm DO IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-05 0:38
Viewed: 3615
Points: 28
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White-fronted Tern
Sterna striata
Maori: Tara

These birds are White-fronted Terns, the most common tern in New Zealand. We don’t usually see many of them flying around here, but on this day there were many. They were out on the waters close to home, “working the fish.”

They feed in large flocks on small fish by plunge diving. Shoals of small fish and pilchards which have been driven to the surface by larger fish are easily caught by the terns, which also scoop up the surface-shoaling fish as well.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-05 0:58]

Very nice, Janice!
I like the composition of this image and the position of the two White-fronted Terns in relation to each other in the sky. Having them up in the upper third of the image works very well here while the OOF sea and land make a great BG.
Great too see the features of this species that is unknown in Europe, though it might be common in NZ!
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-05 1:07]

Hi Janice,
Beautiful shot.These are my favr. birds.Well caught and composed.Excellent work!

Bella foto di azione: complimenti!

Ciao e grazie, Emanuele

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-06-05 1:24]

Hello Janice,
Excellent in-flight capture of these White-fronted Terms. Very well-timed in nice light and great focus on both. I love Terns and these look very beautiful!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-06-05 2:12]

Hi Janice,
Superb composition of the white fronted terns with great PoV and DoF.The white of the tern stands in sharp contrast against the blue water in the OOF Bg.If chance had it i would have had that single tern diagonally placed in the corner.The wingspan captured is very impressive. Very well done.
TFS & Cheers

beautiful pic, great composition, I can feel the movement of the terns, TFS Ori

Hello Janice,

Excellent in-flight capture of these White-fronted Terms, framing and composition all perfect, very good frozen action, love the angle of the one on the left, looks like its about to dive for dinner, really nice work, all the best,

Cheers Rick :)

Hi Janice

Great shot. We get these over in Oz during winter. I saw a few when I was over in NZ recently, but only got ordinary shots. I like the way the right one is watching you while diving for a fish.
Well composed with good sharpness.


I remember the days when you could get out in the weather and get these...Very nice Janice...but you cannot save summer and fall through images..I think...somehow it does help though to give you a mindset of how you think...and what do you look forward to this winter????? I certainly hope you can find some interesting things....even if it is inside, hiding in a corner as a spider..

Well done Janice, you've captured two great inflight poses with very good DOF. Nice color, exposure, and detail..
The birds stand out against the blue of the sea, and the horizon beaks up the comp nicely :)

Hello Janice,

Beautiful in-flight composition this two sterns. You have made the BG well vaporous. But such that it is still recognizable. I like birds in action, and you did it for me. Thanks for that. Interesting supporting note.

Have a nice weekend and TFS BOB

Hi Janice
Great action shot... and I know how quick these birds are! I tried to get some in flight last year, but so far no luck. :)

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-06-11 21:15]

Hello Janice

A lovely composition.
The contrast is excellent.
Very good rich colours.
The pov and dof is very good.


bonjour janice
bravo car il n'est pas evident de cadrer ces oiseaux rapide en vol.
le premier est bien net mais le second un peu moins,dommage.

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