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Whiskered Tern

Whiskered 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: 2013-05-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.3, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-07-11 6:20
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Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A new bird in my photo collection on TN, the Whiskered Tern.

On a very little island in the water, just in front of me, perched this Whiskered Tern. I could come very close. I only needed a focal length of 270 mm. Was it tired, sick or just lazy? It was as long as I was there. It didnít fly away.

The Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. This bird has a number of geographical races, differing mainly in size and minor plumage details.

C. h. hybrida breeds in warmer parts of Europe and Asia. The smaller-billed and darker C. h. delalandii is found in east and south Africa, and the paler C. h. javanicus from Java to Australia.
The tropical forms are resident, but European and Asian birds winter south to Africa and the Indian Subcontinent.

This species breeds in colonies on inland marshes, sometimes amongst Black-headed Gulls, which provide some protection. The scientific name arises from the fact that this, the largest marsh tern, show similarities in appearance to both the white Sterna terns and to Black Tern.

The size, black cap, strong bill and more positive flight recall Common or Arctic Tern, but the short, forked-looking tail and dark grey breeding plumage above and below are typically marsh tern characteristics. The summer adult has white cheeks and red legs and bill. The crown is flecked with white in the juvenile, and the hindcrown is more uniformly blackish, though in the winter adult this too is flecked with white. The black ear-coverts are joined to the black of the hindcrown, and the space above is mottled with white, causing the black to appear as a C-shaped band. The sides of the neck are white; this sometimes continues across the nape. The collar is less sharply defined. All through the year the rump is pale grey. In the juvenile, the mantle (279 mm) has a variegated pattern. The feathers of the back and scapulars are dark brown, with prominent broad buff edgings and often subterminal buff bars or centers. There is usually an admixture of new gray feathers, especially on the mantle, quite early in the fall. The mantle is silvery-gray in the adult.
The call is a characteristic krekk.

In winter, the forehead becomes white and the body plumage a much paler grey. Juvenile Whiskered Terns have a ginger scaly back, and otherwise look much like winter adults. The first winter plumage is intermediate between juvenile and adult winter, with patchy ginger on the back.

The Whiskered tern eats small fish, amphibians, insects and crustaceans.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hi Peter,
beautiful photo of the bird. Interesting reflections. Perfect point of view.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Peter,
很漂亮的水鳥 照的很清晰 紅嘴和紅腳真是特別
構圖美麗 尤其是水中的倒影 很有對稱性 也很美

Hello Peter,
Congratulations for this beautiful picture of Whiskered Tern. Wonderful capture with great sharpness and colour.
well composed picture.
best wishes.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-07-11 8:43]

Hi Peter,a new specie in the own gallery is always a great satisfaction,especially when taken wild and not in the bird sanctuaries,a magnificent capture whit very bright details,excellent exposure and a special mirror effect too.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hello Mr.Peter,
Excellent color of this bird.Nice POV with splendid reflection.Details are very well too.Well captured.
Thanks for sharing,
Kind regards,

Hi Peter,

the reflections on the water are assets to the composition. The point of view is showing with precision the details and colours of the Whiskered Tern. The eye contact is good. The good luminosity is giving nice tints to the colours. Have a nice day.


hallo Peter
mooie plek om hem te nemen
Deze plek maakt de foto anders en leuker om te zien
super details en goed van scherpte
mooie kleuren
groet lou

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-07-11 11:14]

Hi Peter,
Another nice photo from Greece. Very good details and colours
the tern. Perfect reflection the bird in the water.
Regards Jiri.

Details and sharp perfect MF Peter! Intrigant enviroment of reflections.


Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely tern, fantastic reflections, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-07-11 13:55]

Hello Peter.
Great capture of this bird!I like the POV used and pose. Excellent exposition to handle the feathers. I like so much the composition too.Best regards Siggi

Hello Peter

Excellent photo of the Whiskered Tern with
his reflection on the water, fine POV & DOF,
excellent focus, sharpness, and details, TFS



Nice reflection. I thought these birds were hard to capture in a calm mode! Nicely done. The reflection is almost tac sharp.


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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2013-07-12 2:52]

Hello Peter,
very beautiful capture chlidonias,nice details species,thanks..

Hello Peter

Perfect POV to catch the complete reflection of this sitting tern. The red beak stands out amid the grey allround.


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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 0 N: 439] (3410)
  • [2013-07-12 11:24]

Hi Peter,

Amazing shot, great reflection.
Very nice texture of the plumage, the pov is very superb.
Frame is perfect for the composition, great job.
Have a nice week end.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-07-12 19:29]

Hello Peter, Congratulations on a new bird!!
A beautiful bird, although I'm not really sure how it got it's name since I don't see anything even resembling whiskers on it's face.
I like it's relaxed pose allowing us to see it's unique features and beautiful plumage. Well done!!

Hello Peter,
First congrats for taking this beautiful pic.
What a great composition and timing.
Beautiful color and details .
Thanks for sharing.


Another beautiful bird photo Peter! Excellent composition, wonderful colours and good sharpness.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-07-13 0:04]

Excellent take of the tern and its reflection. Lovelt species!

Have a pleasant weekend,


Hello Peter
A superb photo of the Tern. Excellent setting, good light and detail, nice composition.
regards yiannis

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-07-14 4:57]

Hello Peter,
A fine "double picture" of this beautiful waterbird with the showy red bill. A fine plumage too and a well presented shot. Nice to show a new species.
Thanks too for the note.
take care

Hello Peter,
An amazing capture,the sharpness,details and clarity is remarkable,lovely composition and captured from a beautiful PoV.
Best regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-07-25 16:57]

Hello Peter
a lovely view with the feathers and surrounding well seen. The red beak is the most beautiful part shown here. How I like the simple view with the mud as the background that render a good contrast.


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