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One in the air, one in the water

One in the air, one in the water
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L, Kenko Pro 300 1.4x Teleconvert
Exposure: f/11, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-07-06 11:25
Viewed: 4304
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Little Tern - Sterna albifrons

Descriptive notes.

Archetypical small tern. Small, with white forehead. 21-27 cm, 45-60 g, wingspan 45-55 cm.
Black cap and lores, grey back and wings, white rump, and white underparts. Bill bright yellow with small dark tip. Legs and feet orange-yellow to yllow.
Deffers from S.saundersi in white of forehead reaching behind eye, less black on primaries, and usually brighter yellow legs.
Races differ little. Shafts of outer 3 primaries dark brown to brownish white in nominate, but white in pusilla and sinensis.


Subtropical to temperate regions. Continental populations mainly coastal, but also inland along rivers and on oceanic islands.
Breeds on barren or sparsely vegetated sandy, shell, rocky and coral islands, shingle beaches, spits in estuaries and lakes, salt-marshes and rivers.
Outside breeding season, frequents tidal creeks, coastal lagoons and salt-pans.

Food and Feeding

Diet based on small fish and crustaceans, also molluscs, annelids and insects.
Main fish perch, rudd, roach and sandeels. Forages by quartering back and forth over water, specializes in prolonged hovering and plunge-diving into shallow water, often at edge of advancing tide. Takes insects from vegetation and waer surface by aerial-dipping.


May-Jun in Europe and India, Apr in W Africa. In small to medium sized colonies.
Forms synchronous subcolonies, usually monospecific. Nest usually bare, but in marshes builds on platrorms of shell or vegetation. 2-3 eggs, incubation 21-24 days.
Chick creamy-grey or white with sparse or dense black spots. First breeding 3 years.

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Hi Elroyie,
this is a very fine picture, as usual from you.
Good action, fine details and lovely colours.
Well done.

Hi Elroyie
Perfect sharpness and great colours!
I have some problems with the compo, main subject to much centered, tried a WS maybe you like it.

Hello Elroyie,
Superb image...
Good sharpness with excellent blurred wings.
Beautiful light and compo.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-07-06 14:04]

Hi Elroyie.a very good picture indeed. very nice compostion and POV. fine detail and focusing.very good all round. well done TFS.good notes too.
Nick.. have a good weekend.

Very good capture Elroyie.
Seems like the one come flying in is attacking the one in the water.
Excellent exposure, composition and sharpness.
Lovely details in the feathers and reflections on the water surface.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a great weekend.
Kindest regards, Harry

Hello Elroyie,
Great shot showing this two tern,
good capture nice POV, well done,
TFS. Best regards/Lawhill

hi elroyie,
nice shot with a good timing, nice focus, sharp image, well composed shot, nice pov,
tfs & regards

Perfect exposure,and in air stop. The lighting with reflections is very nicely seen.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2007-07-07 2:58]

Hi Elroyie,
Nice action shot. I liked those water drops, the pose you captured and the composition. White plumage is very well exposed. TFS
Best wishes,

Hi Elroyie,
Great timing and you stopped the action well, water droplets flying. It looks as if the tern is about to land on the others head. Very good detail, DOF, color, exposure, and POV of the action also.
I like it :) Great quality,
Very well done.

Hi David,
Beautiful capture of this couple. I like the fact that you got them in different postures, both flight and still.
I agree with the tighter crop - I think there is quite a lot of 'dead' space in the image.
Regards, Shir

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