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°Sterna maxima°°
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Copyright: Sergio Stella (flashpoint) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 630 W: 133 N: 4324] (28008)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-08-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, AF-S VR ZOOM-NIKKOR 70-300f/4.5-5.6 G
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/80 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-09-19 4:47
Viewed: 3106
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus, syn. Sterna maxima) is a seabird in the tern family Sternidae. This bird has two distinctive subspecies. T. m. maximus breeds on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of the southern USA and Mexico into the Caribbean. The slightly smaller T. m. albididorsalis breeds in coastal west Africa. The Royal Tern is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
This is a large tern, second only to Caspian Tern but is unlikely to be confused with that carrot-billed giant, which has extensive dark underwing patches. Royal Tern has a long yellow bill, pale grey upperparts and white underparts. Its legs are black. In winter, the black cap becomes patchy. Juvenile Royal Terns have a scaly-backed appearance. The call is a characteristic loud grating noise like a Sandwich Tern.
In various parts of its range, Royal could be confused with Elegant Tern, Great Crested Tern, and Lesser Crested Tern (see also Orange-billed tern). It is paler above than Lesser Crested Tern and the yellow-billed Great Crested Tern. Elegant Tern has a longer more curved bill and shows more white on the forehead in winter.

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in Ws a group view on the cliff.

my mood today for Neil Young - No Wonder

Model: NIKON D90
Software: Adobe Photoshop CS4 Windows
Exposure Time: 125/10000 sec
F-Stop: f/14.0
Focal Length: 300/1 mm
Date Taken: 2011-08-27 23:36
Metering Mode: Pattern
File Size: 216 kb

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  • Great 
  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-09-19 9:30]

Hi Sergio,
Excellent photo of this Sterna maxima, TFS!

  • Great 
  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-09-19 15:42]

Ma ci hai messo l'esca su quel tronco? Azzo che viavai di pennuti,adesso capisco dove ho sbagliato,dovevo starmene in spiaggia ed aspettare invece che continuare a correre in giro come un scemo..ehehe...complimenti per la splendida cattura e buon Martedi',Luciano

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