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Common Terns

Common Terns
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-15 12:58
Viewed: 1845
Points: 8
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Common Terns
Sterna hirundo

Sterne pierregarin (French)
Gaviotin común (Spanish)

A graceful, black-and-white waterbird, the Common Tern is the most widespread tern in North America. It can be seen plunging from the air into water to catch small fish along rivers, lakes, and oceans.

Cool Facts
The Common Tern drinks mainly on the wing, gliding with its wings slightly raised and dipping its bill several times into the water.
Common Terns living along the coast drink salt water. They do not seek fresh water even when it is available nearby. Like many seabirds, they have nasal glands that excrete the excess salt.
The incubating adult Common Tern flies off its nest to defecate 5-50 m (16-160 ft) away. It deposits its feces indiscriminately in nearby water or on the territories of other terns.


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Synchronized flapping of wings, Manyee. Very well timed capture. The Terns look beautiful in that movement.
The velvety look of the sea is yet another attractive feature of your picture.

Hi Manyee,
a nice composition of the two terns with bright colours. Good pic.
You have a fine collection of pics anyway!!
best regards

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-05-16 19:04]

Hello Manyee,
Two gorgeous birds and shown in an attractive pose. Love the way they have their wings held out as if catching a cool breeze. Beautiful coloration and super sharp focus. Exposure is right on the money and wonderful DOF resulting in excellent detail throughout entire frame.

Hi Manyee,
Even you cropped from the wings of the right side tern, this is a remarkable shot, I'm surprised it received so few comments. Fantastic pose of the birds, great sharpness and exposure in difficult light conditions. It's a pity you didn't upload the exif info so we don't know how and what to do to get such a beautiful smooth water highlight... :-) Greaat shot to say the least, even with the missing piece of wing.
Best regards, László

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