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White-winged Tern

White-winged 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: 2012-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-12-12 7:24
Viewed: 4151
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Two photos (one in the workshop) of the White-winged Tern in flight from my archive. These photos are made on Lesvos in May this year.

The White-winged Tern, or White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) is a small tern generally found in or near bodies of fresh water across from Southeastern Europe east to Australia.

Adult birds in summer have short red legs and a short black bill (small and stubby, measuring 22–25 mm from the feathers, decidedly shorter than the head), a black neck (often with a pale gray back) and belly, very dark grey back, with a white rump and light grey (almost white) tail, which often looks 'square' in juveniles. The face is tinged yellowish. The wings, as the name implies, are mainly white. The inner wing is grayish with brown-tipped coverts. In non-breeding plumage, most of the black is replaced by white or pale grey, though a few blackish feathers may be retained, admixed with white underparts. A good deal of black shows in the underwing-coverts. The head is black, with a white forehead. The crown is blackish-brown, flecked with white, and the hindcrown is blackish with a certain amount of white flecking. These white markings are pronounced in the winter adult. There is a dark triangular patch forward of the eye. The collar is fairly broad and white. In juveniles and moulting adults, the rump is pale gray, becoming grey in both phases late in the year. The clear white collar and rump isolate the mantle as a dark brown 'saddle'. The mantle feathers have narrow paler brown tips, as have the tertials and scapulars.

Distribution and habitat
Their breeding habitat is freshwater marshes across from southeast Europe to central Asia. They usually nest either on floating vegetation in a marsh or on the ground very close to water, laying 2-4 eggs in a nest built of small reed stems and other vegetation. In winter, they migrate to Africa, southern Asia and Australia. It is a scarce vagrant in North America, mainly on the Atlantic coast, but a few records on the Pacific coast and inland in the Great Lakes area.

Like the other "marsh" terns (Chlidonias), and unlike the "white" (Sterna) terns, these birds do not dive for fish, but fly slowly over the water to surface-pick items on the surface and catch insects in flight. They mainly eat insects and small fish. In flight, the build appears thick-set. The wing-beats are shallow and leisurely.

The White-winged Tern is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter

Excellent in-flight photos of the White-winged Tern,
like you I love more the flight pose of the one on the WS,
where with the bird's flight pose and being framed
diagonally in the photo it adds dynamism to the image, TFS


Hello Peter,
An excellent in-flight capture with fine details, colors & POV. Well composed & presented. Nice work & TFS. Best wishes!


hello Peter,
wonderful capture with great colour and contrast.
in-flight bird with great clarity with perfect colour.
best wishes,

Ciao Peter.
Splendida foto di questo esemplare di Terna in volo. Grande nitidezza e notevoli dettagli,stupendi i colori molto bella complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-12-12 10:40]

Hi Peter,2 beautiful pics,you have raison talking about the wings position in the WS,they are really strange and beautiful also if you lost a bit the body details,the main pic is perfect and different,great work another time! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Peter,
beautiful composition. Many details. I lobve this blue sky as a background.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Peter, great capture of lovely in-flight bird, perfect focus, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, I Like WS too, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2012-12-12 13:41]

Çok güzel bir Akkanatlı sumru [TR] karesi. Tebrikler...

Hi Peter,
Excellent capture!! TFS, Ferran

Hello Peter,
Excellent capture with great perfection and nicely frozen the motion within a wide space.
TFs and regards.

Bom dia Peter
Great capture of this White-winged Tern in flight.Great timing,wonderful wing position,wonderful colours and details.Thank You.
Have a good day!
Best regards

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-12-13 5:55]

Hello Peter
Excellent inflight capture.Sharp image with good detail.Colours are very nice so is the light.I also like that catch light in the eye
TFS Michel

hallo Peter
mooie scherpe foto van deze stern
aparte vogel met veel zwarte veren
details en compositie zijn weer erg goed
bedankt gr lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-12-13 7:50]

Very fine position of its wings here showing the white well, good flight image. tfs.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-12-13 10:33]

Hallo Peter,
Beautiful capture with White-winged Tern ..
Superb focus and sharpness. Beautiful colours and light.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter
Beautiful photo with very good composition and wonderful colours.

excellent timing. good lighting and clarity. the bird is beautiful. good work. tfs.

Hello Peter,
Brilliant capture of a very interesting and nice specie of birds. Excellent colors, good details and sharpness. The focus and WB is at the highest quality range.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-12-15 5:58]

Hello Peter,
Wonderful capture of the Tern in flight. The colors and details are very good. You caught him in a wonderful position showing off his wings.Regards Siggi

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2012-12-17 1:28]

Hello Peter
Eversince i know you here, the shots are alway mavellous.
Superb flight well caught.
Excellent skills


Hi Peter
Super in flight capture of this Tern. Great pose and composition. Very good sharpness and detail. Beautiful blue sky.
Best regards

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