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Least Tern

Least Tern
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Copyright: Mario Olteanu (Mariol) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 15 N: 1654] (8221)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 IS USM, Hoya 77mm HMC Super U.V.
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/8000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-09-13 17:35
Viewed: 4044
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
From my recent one week holiday in Cuba
Done in the lagune at walking distance from the hotel in Cayo Gulliermo - Cuba
I found a bit difficult to get a good in flight picture of this bird. It is as big as a dove and flies very, very fastů

Least Tern
Sterna antillarum Order CHARADRIIFORMES - Family LARIDAE - Subfamily Sterninae

The smallest of American Terns, the Least Tern is found nesting on sandy beaches along the southern coasts of the United States and up the major river systems far into the interior of the continent.

topSmall tern. During breeding, black cap ending at white forehead. Short white eyestripe. Bill yellow with black tip. Back light gray. Underside white. Black leading edge to wing. In nonbreeding plumage has black eyestripe extending to back of head, white top of head, and black bill.

Size: 21-23 cm (8-9 in)
Wingspan: 48-53 cm (19-21 in)
Weight: 30-45 g (1.06-1.59 ounces)

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Hi Mario,

Excellent in-flight shot of this Tern, beautiful colours, superb detail, love the eye catch and the POV, really stands out well against that natural sky,

Cheers Rick :)

Great in-flight shot, wonderfully sharp and nicely composed.


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