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Common Tern

Common Tern
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Copyright: Lesley Mattuchio (Lesley) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-22
Categories: Birds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-08-16 8:16
Viewed: 4944
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 36
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One of my favorite shorebirds, the Common Tern might be "common" but I find it's beauty striking. This male was in his breeding finery with his bill and feet dressed in brilliant orange. Note the wingtips...they are longer than the tail. The Common Tern is a master of the skies in flight with a killer dive bombing technique for fishing. Aside from being broader in size from the Artic Tern, it is easy to identify the Common from the Artic by the black tip on the bill of the Common Tern.

This photo was taken while observing Common and Least Terns on the coast of Maine, USA. I used an EOS 1D MKII w/ 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS lens on a tripod. We approached from the water as this method doesn't appear to spook the birds as much as approaching them from the land side.

Camera settings were: ISO 320, f/13, 1/500 sec shutter speed, focal length @ 400mm, AV priority.

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To PDP: Equipment and settings usedLesley 5 08-16 17:33
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Lesley, This is a beauty. I get more and more convinced I want this lens too. Sharpness, details and colours are great. Composition is great with the stones fromfront to back giving a nice kind of continuation to the shot.
I like it a lot.

Great Lesley
Well eposure , good colors and good sharpness.
Nice composition and a good note
Very well done.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-08-16 8:52]

Hermosa imagen de la golondrina Leslie.
Excelente definicion y nitidez... alli tambien se aprecia la calidad de la lente en este caso.
Excelente DOF y POV, al igual que el colorido muy natural.
10 puntos.

Beautiful image of the wanderer Leslie.
Excellent definition and clearness... also the quality of the lens in this case is appraised there.
Excellent DOF and POV, like the very natural colorful.
10 points.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-08-16 8:56]
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Another Excellent shot Lesley. Could you fill in what equipment and settings you use for each shot as this can be very helpful. The photo has incredible clarity, the colours are superb and the composition exeptional. Very well done.

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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-08-16 13:42]

One VERY nice tern and the plumage details are great, as is the eye that you got in the back cap on the head. Well done.

Superbe image , j'aime les couleurs et la lumiere si douce , incroyable composition , bien vu .

Splendid sharpness and beautiful to see the "stern" as we call it, in a natural surroundings, great shot, Lesley !!

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-08-16 15:30]

This what they call "picture perfect"!. This goes to my favourites!

My first favorite in trek nature..great work on lighting..

Great capture. It's not easy to get a black eye placed amidst black plumage to stand out, but by getting a highlight in the eye you managed splendidly here ;-)

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  • AndyB Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1366 W: 32 N: 1351] (3982)
  • [2004-08-16 17:07]

A lovely shot.
Excellent sharp detail and DoF.
Great colours also.
Very well done.

Excellent shot! Very nice!

Outstanding work and superb DOF for this "common" bird. Everything is just right. Thanx for this quality photo.

Very good colours, and nice composition.
Well done.

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  • pione Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 94 W: 0 N: 113] (542)
  • [2004-10-29 4:22]

Immagine di grande tenerezza, ottimo dettaglio e tecnica perfetta. l'ambientazione è così azzeccata che trasforma questa fotografia, nell'insieme in un'opera molto artistica!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-03-30 7:14]

Excellente photo les couleurs sont justes et vrais.

Félicitations pour la netteté et merci pour la présentation.

Stunning portrait of a beautiful shorebird. The tone and clarity are fantastic. Interesting to note that approaching from the water is less disturbing. Well Done.

Hello Lesley,

very clear, colourfull and sharp with a excellent BG. Typical for the equipment you have used. Fantastic compo - I like it!


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