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Tern in flight

Tern in flight
Photo Information
Copyright: Doug Whincup (dougsphotos) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 5 N: 190] (849)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 APO DG OS
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-07-15 12:48
Viewed: 3216
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another Arctic Tern shot from the Farne Islands.

I really like the detail in the wings - I used a very quick shutter speed to really try freeze it in action - and these little guys are very fast!

It was fascinating to watch them in their seemingly non-stop cycle of hovering, swooping for insects then returning to the nest to feed the young and then straight away back up again hunting for more.... so much energy they made me feel tired just watching!

Or maybe that was the weight of the lens as this was handheld (with image stabilisation on)...

Anyway, I hope you like - thanks for looking.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-15 13:11]

Hello Doug,
Very good photo of this Arctic Tern in good sharpness and details. Beautiful natural colours. Taken in a very nice pose. Excellent DOF with this blurred BG. Great composition.

Doug, this is a great in flight shot of the tern. Real sharp and great bokeh. Have a great weekend, Bill

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  • aruntp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 590 W: 1 N: 357] (5379)
  • [2011-07-15 22:56]

great timing. wonderful sharpness. good perfection. congrats.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-07-16 14:26]

Hola Doug.
It is not an easy job to get such a kind photos like this one, but You did a great work here. I also like the fine details on wings.
TFS My friend.

wonderful shot and photo performance!
regards Nasos

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