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Common Tern

Common Tern
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Copyright: Alper Oztutar (twin) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-05-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF100-400 IS L
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-30 13:32
Viewed: 3322
Points: 28
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Common tern
Sterna hirundo
These delightful silvery-grey and white birds have long tails which have earned them the nickname 'sea-swallow'. They have a buoyant, graceful flight and frequently hover over water before plunging down for a fish. They are often noisy in company and breed in colonies.

Where does it live?
Shingle beaches, rocky islands and saltmarshes along coasts, and on islands in gravel pits and rivers. Also on artificial rafts at reservoirs.

Spring migrants may pass through inland wetlands, autumn passage birds are found around the UK coastline.
Where to see it
Breeds along coasts with shingle beaches and rocky islands, on rivers with shingle bars, and at inland gravel pits and reservoirs, feeding along rivers and over freshwater. Migrating birds can be seen offshore in autumn.
What does it eat?
What does it sound like?
A loud 'kee-aaa'
When to see it
Throughout the summer - they arrive in April and leave in August and September. They are most obvious when feeding young as they will fly some distance for food, returning to the nest site with a fish.

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  • Great 
  • olger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 0 N: 138] (744)
  • [2006-05-30 13:40]

Very nice composition and what a detail! I like these birds! Well done!

Hello Alper,
Superb shot! These are beautiful birds. I saw some amazing pictures of them lately. This one is really good. You've managed to capture a superb moment. Love the pose of the landing tern. I like the colours here a lot. POV is great too, as well as the details. I wonder was it a full frame shot?
I think the framing is a little too tight. I know the tern in flight is a main subject but I think I wish to have a little more other birds in FG. It would be ideal if they were OOF because them picture would have a nice depth.
Anyway, this is an excellent post! Love the picture!

Hallo Alper,

This is a SUPER picture! Just the lone bird in flight with its fish would have been spectacular, but the picture tells a story too. The other birds are looking on eyeing his prize. Technically the picture is perfect in all aspects. This is top shelf stuff! Great work, my friend.


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-30 14:18]

Hi Alper
Great composition and great colours. Also great sharpnes, details, POV, BG and DOF.
Well done Alper


nice moment


Great picture. Love the sharpness and also the bright colours.

greetings from Belgium

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-05-30 20:32]

Bonjour Alper!

Félicitations pour cette parfaite capture. L'action est superbe et la qualité excellente.


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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-05-31 1:52]

Great scene, Alper.
All the details are so incredibly sharp. Wonderful composition with lots of action and interesting poses.
TFS. : )

Hi Alper

Excellent shot. Well composed. Good POV, complimentary BG and nice light. All the techo stuff is great too. Thanks.

Very nice colour and detail, it's too bad the terns in the FG have been cut.

Hi Alper,
Good detail, colours and sharpness. exposure and lighting are good. Good POV and composition.

Thanks for posting, enjoy the rest of the week

  • Great 
  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-01 6:38]

Hi Alper, nice action shot. Very well composed with excellent exposure, colours and details. Well captured and TFS.

  • Great 
  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-06-01 11:14]

Hi Alper,

Perfect work and shot.
You've managed to capture a superb moment.
I like it!
Very well done and well seen!

TFS :-)

super photo ....
great details....
well done twin

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