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The Greeting

The Greeting
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/11, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-22 22:06
Viewed: 3502
Points: 54
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Common Tern, Sterna hirundo

Swedish name: Fisktärna

We now live just 150 meters from Kalmar Sound, the straight of water between the mainland and the island of Öland. The many inlets and islets provide nesting places for such species as these terns and we have a colony of Black-headed Gulls on an islet close by.
Common Terns are widespread in N and C Europe during the breeding season and they tend to nest in single pairs rather than colonies like the closely related Arctic Tern.
A nearby Black-headed Gull colony can be a useful protection and this is probably where this pair nests.

They spend the winter in W and S. Africa.

This was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 20 meters. After slight cropping, size reduction, light adjustment and no sharpening the image was reduced in size and converted from RAW.

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very fine moment and photo!
regards Nasos

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2012-11-22 23:23]

excellent timing. good sharpness and angle. tfs.

Lovely new entry Ivan. Good to see you back!
Very pleasant capture in terms of composition and color indeed.
Interesting species which reminds me of "our" Caspian Tern in coloration
and body shape. This one however has more elegant .... elongated beak with
so striking red color. In my opinion the use of narrow aperture (f/11) effected
somehow the shutter speed, which was not maybe fast enough to freeze the action
completely. Despite that minor note, I like the visual impact of that image! Nice!
George Veltchev

Hello Ivan,
Interesting synchronization of bird activity.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-11-23 1:27]

Hello Ivan,
Attractive action photo of these terns in beautiful contrasting colours and a fine composition. Nice DOF.
I hope everything goes well.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-11-23 2:35]

Hej Ivan,
A very good capture of this Common Tern ..
Beautiful photo with very good composition and good sharpness.
Best wishes,

Hello Ivan
Fantastic moment You captured here.Cute pose,excellent composition,difficult light,wonderful natural colours and great details.Thank You.
Have a good weekend!
Best regards

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-11-23 4:07]

Hi Ivan,a great pic,an half miracle considering the distance and the light,beautiful pair and very nice composition,excellent exposure too for the best white.Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2012-11-23 5:13]

Hi Ivan,
wonderful photo with beautiful composition,
and interesting moment caught !
Thanks for sharing !

hello Ivan,
what a perfect timing to get this marvelous picture. good sharpness, colour and composition.
best wishes,

Hello Ivan,
Again a wonderful and colorful species of bird. The details and focus are great. This is a very nice scenery with splendid vivid colors and excellent contrast of the bird against the surroundings.
Thanks for sharing!

Delightful moment captured with extreme precision, Ivan.
Isn't it wonderful to live so close to the sea?
The expression of the Tern watching its companion taking off is adorable.
Hope you are recovering well.

Ciao Ivan, great capture of fantastic couple, good timing, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Ivan
These are beautiful birds in a remarkable composition. Good detail and light, nice background and composition.
regards yiannis

Salam Ivan,
An excellent capture with fine colors, details & timing. Well composed & presented with a great POV. Nice work & TFS. Best Wishes!

Regards & salam


HI Ivan,
nice situation, great sharpness and details. Perfect composition. A lot of details. Nice colours.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Ivan. Great time for the birds in action. Excellent contrast so like managment of light and white.


Hello Ivan

Excellent timing for this great close-up shot
with excellent focus sharpness and details.

I had almost a similar photo with the
black tern last summer, one was the nest
and the other coming to change, but it was
from far i did not keep that photo. TFS

P.S. This rock it reminder me also a similar rock in
a river where i leave. Here is the link of that photo :

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2012-11-23 12:29]

Hello Ivan
Great closed up here and well composed image.Excellent timing and nice point of view.As usual sharp image whit excellent details.I also like the nice natural colours and light
TFS Michel

Impressive photo Ivan! Very good timing, excellent composition, wonderful colours and very good sharpness.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-11-24 4:08]

Hello Ivan.
Great scene.All the details are so sharp. Wonderful composition with lots of action and interesting poses.Regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-11-24 6:05]
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Are you sure these are common tern? looks like arctic tern

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-11-25 5:05]

Bonjour Ivan,
Well chosen title for this picture! You did very well with hand-held camera and from a distance of 20m. A bird we don't see so much in my region. A vivid and fine bird-picture.
Un grand merci aussi pour ton aide pour ma chauve-souris. J'ai consulté un site suisse et cette espèce y est répertoriée.(toutes les espèces sont sur la liste rouge!)
Bon dimanche à vous deux

merhaba Ivan
What a great scene with great timing. Models look very lovely. Focus, POV/DOF and exposure great as like colors. Good informative notes as always. Teşekkürler dostum. iyi geceler.

Hello Ivan,
Somehow I missed this image from you. And it is just fabulous. Wonderful action and activity! What a pleasure to view. With my very best wishes.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-01-11 18:30]

Hello Ivan
very lovely capture of the birds. The smoothness of the feathers are really pretty.
The elegance of the wings and flight is so well depicted in this shot.
What a pleasant view.


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2013-03-03 23:22]

Bonjour Ivan, superbe attitude des oiseaux, very nice shot. congratulations, Didier.

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