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Gelochelidon nilotica

Gelochelidon nilotica
Photo Information
Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Birds of Africa [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-26 4:47
Viewed: 4434
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Gull-billed Tern, Gelochelidon nilotica, formerly Sterna nilotica (Bridge et al., 2005), is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae.
It breeds in warmer parts of the world in southern Europe (and a very small isolated population in northern Germany and Denmark), temperate and eastern Asia, both coasts of North America, eastern South America and Australia. This bird has a number of geographical races, differing mainly in size and minor plumage details.
All forms show a post-breeding dispersal, but the northern breeders are most migratory, wintering south to Africa, the Caribbean and northern South America, southern Asia and New Zealand.

Information source

Sterna nilotica
Synonym/s: Gelochelidon nilotica
Taxonomic Notes: The BirdLife Taxonomic Working Group is aware that phylogenetic analyses have been published which have proposed generic rearrangements which may affect this species, but prefers to wait until work by other taxonomists reveals how these changes affect the entire groups involved.

IUCN Red List

Personal Wev

This photo is taken in the Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese district, Uganda. Cropped format.

Other Gull-billed Tern in the Workshop posting.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-26 4:54]

Hi Ferran,
Beautiful in-flight capture of this gull.I liked framing,BG,details and DOF a lot.
Thanks for posting.

great capture , nice colours and contrast!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-26 4:57]

Hola Ferran,
This certainly is a G. nilotica in winter plumage well captured in flight with excellent sharpness from a great POV to show all the features.
I find it strange to see one in winter plumage in July! Perhaps it is a winter migrant from the south?
TFS and a Happy and Healthy 2009!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-12-26 12:18]

Hi Ferran,

A wonderful shot of this Tern in flight. I love the pose of the bird with the horizontal head and body and the raised wings. The details are wonderful with a good view of the eye. The wings are superb. A beautiful background and a terrific vertical composition.


hello ferran
excellent shot of this flying gull, sharpness and colors are great, I like also the wonderful Color of the BG
Very well done

hello Ferran

excellent close-up in-flight shot of the Gull-billed Tern,
with fine POV and appropriate (to its wings) vertical framing,
excellent sharpness and details and the catch-light of the eye
improves alot the image by rending it more excellent, TFS


Excellent in-flight capture of this Tern. I also enjoy the detail on the wing. Congratulations.

Must have been at a very high ISO setting?

simple and so beautiful, greetings Ori

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-26 23:31]

Hello Ferran,
A very beautiful capture of the Gull-billed Tern all nicely in focus. Beautiful details and colour against the contrasting background.
Many thanks, Ulla

Hello Ferran,

A fine composition and a very handsome subject, all-in-all, a beautiful image.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-12 1:54]

Hi Ferran,
superbs shot of this flying bird. Great clarity and sharpness,and moment well captured.
Really a nice composition of the greenish background well muted.


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