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White-Winged Black Tern

White-Winged Black Tern
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Copyright: Kazim Capaci (capaci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 139 W: 55 N: 150] (1300)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2003
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L 4.5-5.6L Ø77
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Bird of Gediz Delta, Turkish Terns [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-15 12:28
Viewed: 5517
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
White-Winged Black Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus
Tr.Ak Kanatlı Sumru, En. White-winged Black Tern, Da. Hvidvinget Terne, Du. Witvleugelstern, Fi. Valkosiipitiira, Fr. Guifette leucoptère, Ge. Weissflügelseeschwalbe, It. Mignattino alibianche, No. Hvitvingesvartterne, Sp. Fumarel aliblanco, Sw. Vitvingad tärna

Only in summer do these birds look truly white-winged when groups of them patrolling over a marsh can give quite dazzling displays of black-and-white. A Black Tern can sometimes seem to have a pale leading edge to the wing but only in the White-winged Black Tern is this truly and extensively white and highlighted even more by black underwing coverts and a brilliant white rump. At the end of the breeding season, the moulting adults can be most easily told by the obvious remnants of black under the wing-coverts and the juveniles stand out because of their almost solidly black mantles which give a neat saddle effect. Compared with a Whiskered Tern, the wings have more contrasting pale and dark areas and the rump is always whiter. The overall impression is therefore of a more black and white bird than either Black or Whiskered Tern. At rest, notice how the head, and especially the nape, shows more white than on other 'marsh terns', with just a black lobe extending down from the crown to the ear-coverts.
Breeds on freshwater marshes.
A vagrant, with roughly 20 birds found each year during the spring, summer and autumn. Most birds occur in the south and east of England, with occasional birds in the Midlands and further north. 691 records up to the end of 1995.
Breeds in eastern Europe and Turkey at specific sites such as the Hortobagy (Hungary), the Biebrza Marshes (Poland) and the Danube Delta (Romania). Present at a greater number of sites on passage but still mostly confined to eastern Europe.
7-10,000 pairs, mostly in the Ukraine
from www.birdguides.com

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-01-15 12:45]

Great in-flight in a wonderful pose, technically very good too.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-01-15 12:51]

thats a cracker..full wing detail of pinion and feathers and the head well seen...

Lovely form

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-15 15:48]

Beautiful in-flight shot of the White-Winged Black Tern, Kazim. It is a little soft, but the pose and colours are great. And I like how you have framed it too. Well done,

  • Great 
  • Merlin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
  • [2006-01-15 18:15]

A very dynamic image, with a wingtip almost touching the water. I would have preferred to see the image larger and a little sharper?

Good capture, well timed, slightly soft, but a very difficult one to nail exactly. TFS

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2006-01-16 6:49]

Excellent picture; very striking pose. Exposure is good. Focus seems a little soft. Well done & TFS!


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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-01-16 9:14]

Belle capture en vol pour ce merveilleux planeur !
Félicitations. Gérard

Excellent shot. Composition and timing in this shot is fantastic. One of the best shot I've seen yet. The wing tip so close to the water. The POV and water background. The detail.

12 OUT OF 10

Great job Kazim

This is a well composed shot Kazim. Live the angled view. Excellent detail showing this large wingspan. Nice work. Thansks.

Great in flight capture! The pose of the bird is fantastic. Good POV and details. Nice colors and background. TFS!

An excellent rendering of a tern maneuvering just above the water. Light conditions and exposure are perfect, so are the sharpness and composition of the picture. Well done indeed!

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