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Common Tern Fishing

Common Tern Fishing
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Copyright: Nigel Deacon (Merlin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 267 N: 455] (1713)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-06-20 5:20
Viewed: 2387
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Common Tern Sterna hirundo is an elegant little seabird with a wide breeding distribution around the northern temperate and subarctic regions and is highly migratory, wintering around the coastlines of tropical and subtropical zones. Numbers have declined in many areas because of habitat loss or disturbance at breeding colonies, but this bird was photographed at a site where an ambitious habitat creation scheme has produced suitable breeding habitat for this and many other wetland birds.

This bird was searching for small fish in a narrow brackish creek, and was focused on searching the water below as it passed close by.

Photographing birds in flight is always a challenge, and to get the best results one needs to be constantly aware of the angle and direction of the light, maintaining adequate shutter speed and aperture values and, not least, actually getting the bird in the viewfinder and in focus! Most of my best results come from careful planning, understanding the flight paths taken by the birds and positioning myself so that they pass me within reasonable "shooting range." A breeze can be helpful if the birds are flying into it, as it slows their flight and makes acquisition and focus easier. But the main secret is practice, practice and more ....

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Hello Nigel,
a very fine BF. the tern standout well against the blurry BG.
Maybe a smaller apetertur to get the front wing in better focus, maybe you where close.
Fine WB and nice nautal colours.

I agree what you wrote about TN and posting, during the 11 years nothing have happend here about
picture size, I suppose nothing will happend the next 11 either.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-06-20 6:45]

Hello Nigel,
Attractive photo of this Common Tern leering at a fish. Good sharpness, natural colours and a fine contrasting blurry background.

Hi Nigel,

A very good shot of the tern, well controlled whites against a mixed bg. Good focus and nice colours, patience pays in the end.
Thanks for sharing

Ciao Nigel, great capture of lovely tern in fantastic fly, perfect focus, fine details, splendid sharpness and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Nigel,
Nice turn of this 'Common Tern'!
Beautiful picture.
Thanks for sharing with informative NOTE,
Regards and have a nice WE,

Hello Nigel,
une magnifique photo, belle attitude en vol.
Bonne netteté.
Bravo pour le résultat.

Hello Nigel
Your infly shot seems a lot better that mine, what a sharpness !
beautiful 3D impression against the blurred BG
very stunning Image
Thanks for sharing
Good WE Jacqueline

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  • senn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 58 W: 2 N: 155] (1384)
  • [2015-06-21 2:09]

Hi Nigel,
Stunning action shot with great detail rendering, .. like bicolour bg and and observing position of tern; .. well done mate ..
have a nice sunday
nuri :)

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2015-06-21 3:03]

Hello Nigel,
Excellent shot with a perfect achievement. Well captured, thank you.
Best wishes.Regards Sigi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-06-21 4:29]

Hi Nigel,a spectacular in flight capture of this tern,great timing and great camera settings too for a very professional result,the sharpness is very very high despite the very fast mouvement,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2015-06-21 14:21]

Hi Nigel,
A nice capture of the Common Tern Fishing ..
Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful composition and POV, great pose of the bird.
Best wishes,

Bonjour Nigel,
C'est beau !!!
Excellente coordination de la vitesse et de la profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier le sujet dans une attitude originale.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Nigel,
thanks for the identification of my costa rican butterfly.
You have a lot of great pictures. Like your collection.
best regards

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