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Sternula albifrons

Sternula albifrons
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-04-29
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/2500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-11 8:01
Viewed: 3534
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Sternula albifrons (Pallas, 1764)
Synonym: Sterna albifrons Pallas, 1764
Little Tern

Sternula albifrons is a seabird of the family Sternidae. It is a small tern with a length of only 21-25 cm. In breeding plumage it has a black cap and a characteristic white forehead. The bill is yellow with a black tip. The legs are orange – yellow. In winter, the forehead is more extensively white, the bill is black and the legs duller.
Sternula albifrons breeds on the coasts and inland waterways of Europe and Asia. It is a migratory species, wintering in the subtropical and tropical oceans as far south as South Africa and Australia. It feeds by plunge-diving for fish. The offering of fish by the male to the female is part of the courtship display.

In Cyprus Sternula albifrons is a localized summer breeding visitor and a scarce passage migrant.

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Ciao Christodoulos, great capture of lovely sterna on a beautiful ambientation, splendid sharpness, fine details and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Christodoulos,
beautiful capture of this bird with good sharpness and a well chosen low POV. I espcially like the splendid light and the natural colours. A lovely shot!
Best wishes,

Hello Christodoulos,
What a lovely bird.....Wonderful photo with perfect details, focus and exposure.
It is a great capture. Also useful photographers note. The natural colors and the details are superb. Thanks for sharing!

Hello Christodoulos,

Great capture, exposure and details perfect ... Congraculations ...


Giasou christodoule
Perfect light, excellent detail, good background and stance. And a beautiful and elegant bird.
regards yiannis

Ciao Christodoulos.
Eccellente foto,con ottimi particolari,e una grande nitidezza,belli i colori complimenti.
Ti auguro un buon fine settimana ciao Marco.

Ciao Christodoulos. Another masterpice from you MF! Impressive light and colours. Razor details.


Hello Christodoulos,
It seemed to have been a nice and quiet day, lovely light!
wonderful details!
have a nice w-e!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2012-05-11 23:04]

Hi Christodoulos.
I am impressed with clearness of curves, colours and other details of the charming bird. Transparency of the image, white balance are exceptional and low POV is also impressive a lot. Well done and best regards.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2012-05-12 3:36]

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Funny to read that this Sternula is rather small, because your picture suggests a more powerful bird, may be that its black cap makes him look bigger..
As usual best quality and a good pose of the seabird. For me an interesting bird, which I didn't know.
Bonne fin de semaine

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2012-05-12 5:09]

The whites and blacks, superbly exposed, lovely species and beautiful image. tfs.

Bonjour Christodoulos,
Très bonne maîtrise de la lumière et de la profondeur de champ permettant d'apprécier la finesse des détails sur des couleurs difficiles à exploiter conjointement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hi Christodoulos,

The subject is well framed. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the Little Tern. It is clear and sharp. The morning light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


Hello Christodoulos,

An excellent capture with beautiful coloration, sharpness & setting. Very nicely done & TFS.

Regards & best wishes!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-05-12 8:28]

Hello Christodoulos,
Fascinating photo in very beautiful light and colours. Excellent sharpness, details and DOF.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2012-05-12 10:03]

Hello Christodoulos,
A top quality capture of the Little Tern. This low POV is excellent and the colours and sharpness contribute to the excellent of this image. This species is an uncommon summer resident in my country.
Thanks and enjoy your weekend,

Hello Christodoulos, my friend,

Hope you are doing fine. What a fantastic photo of this dainty little tern!It is a lovely bird and is often spotted over lakes and rivers with its long sluggish wing beats, swooping down for prey and uttering cries. The focus here is sharp, the red feet looks lovely and slaty plumage is clear. This is a splendid photo, Chris....thanks a lot for sharing.....take care.....warmest regards/Abid

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2012-05-12 10:54]

wow! superb capture as usual! thanks for sharing!

Hello Christodoulus.
This is an excellent bird and love the details of the plumage. The close framing is beautiful and well done indeed.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful weekend.

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent close-up photo of this wader bird,
with fine POV & DOF, excellent focus, sharpness, details, TFS


Ciao Christodoulus,
Straordinaria fotografia di questo Fraticello, ottima nitidezza, colori e POV
Complimenti e grazie per la condivisione
Ciao Vanni

Nice with the leg up!

I've almost missed this great pic, TFS Ori

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