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Black Tern

Black Tern
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Copyright: Rick Price (Adanac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 5D MKII, Canon EF 600mm f4.0L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-06-02 4:56
Viewed: 3660
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hi Everyone,
Yesterday while out in the Cypress Hills I came across several Black Terns but as usual they were on the wing and I can't shoot in flights to save my soul. Then one landed on a fence post right in front of me and gave me this image and was off again. What luck.

Black Tern
Family: Laridae

Description 9-10" (23-25 cm). A medium-sized tern with solid black head and underparts; gray wings and moderately forked gray tail. In fall and winter, head and underparts white, with dusky smudging around eyes and back of neck.

Habitat Freshwater marshes and marshy lakes in summer; sandy coasts on migration and in winter.

Nesting 2 spotted, olive-buff eggs placed in a hollow on a mass of floating marsh vegetation or in a well-made cup of dead grass. Nests in colonies.

Range Breeds from British Columbia east to New Brunswick and south to central California and New York. Winters south of U.S.-Mexico border, rarely in California. Also in Eurasia.

Voice Sharp kick; when disturbed, a shrill kreek.

Discussion This tern usually nests in small groups and in shallow water. The nests are sometimes conspicuous; perhaps this is why the young often leave the nest at the first sign of an intruder, swimming quietly away to hide in the surrounding marsh vegetation. It is not unusual to visit an active colony and find all the nests empty. Unlike other terns, these birds frequently fly over land areas as they hawk for insects. Black Terns also eat small fish and crustaceans, which they pick from the water.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-02 5:24]

Hello Rick,
Beautiful Black Tern, well shown against nice BG. POV and composition are excellent. Vivid colors and spot on sharpness.
Best regards Siggi

hello Rick
this is a super sharpness shot with great details and beautiful colours
greeting lou

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-02 6:41]

Beautiful species, I like the way its looking at the camera, fine exposure and good background. tfs.

tu as eu de la chance de le prendre sur ce poteau et une netteté remarquable ainsi que ton cadrage; généralement il faut se presser pour les capturer
belle composition

hello Rick,
beautiful photo in its natural environment, excellent sharpness and contrast.
Excellent POV
thanks for sharing and congratulations
hello Vanni

very nice! With good details in the blacks

well done

hello Rick

beautiful photo of the Black Tern with fine POV and faming,
fine focus excellent sharpness and details, the catch-light
is rendering his eye-contact more beautiful, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-02 8:39]

Hello Rick,
I'm so jealous. I've seen hundreds of them in Senegal but never one that sits still on a pole or something like that. I've taken them in flight, but don't know about the result. This a splendid! The eye-contact....Thanks.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-06-02 9:54]

Hi Rick
Nice capture I dont beleive having seeing one before.Very sharp image withamasing detail for thst black plumage.I also like that catch light in the eye.
TFS Michel

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-06-02 10:13]

Hello Rick
Superb and perfect capture with a top quality image.
Excellent work!

Hello Rick,
Sharp details, good POV and beautiful BG for this image. Well done!

Beautiful shot Rick. You nailded it right one. This Cypress Hills park sounds like a treasure trove of animal. Keep em coming!

TFS Trevor

Hello Rick

Well you certainly are making use of that new glass of yours.Good exercise toting that around too.
Another spectacular image.This Black Tern is shown in fine detail,with excellent sharpness.
The colours appear natural and the shot is well exposed.
Nicely composed in the frame.
Birdbook material.
Thanks for displaying it for us.


lovely taken , beautiful bird

Hi MF Rick,

An expertly taken capture of this handsome black tern on a wood trunk from a nice vantage point with impeccable details and clarity!
Great DOF/POV and fine composition too.
TFS and have a nice day MF!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-03 2:52]

Hello Rick,
A very fine shot of this Black Tern. I like your composition and the wonderful subtle background. Sharpness is just perfect, not too much. And the vivid eye of the bird is a plus too.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2010-06-03 11:19]

Fine photography.
Almost a black and white colour. High quality image.

Hello Rick,
This is another bird that I am seeing for the first time.
Loved the concise and educative note.

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