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Copyright: Paul Kettel (pauljk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 204 W: 64 N: 65] (226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D2Xs, 300mm AF-S F4 Nikkor, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/750 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-23 15:43
Viewed: 5249
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot today out at Maori Bay which is just below the gannet colony. This juvenile seemed to be pretty hungry and making a lot of noise. Caught mid song with a 300mm lens, 1.4 TC all mounted on a monopod.
Thanks for looking

White-fronted Tern
Sterna striata

Endemic and fully protected. Size between the Caspian and Black-fronted Terns, with deeply forked light grey tail, large black cap and white stripe on the forehead. Young birds have a mottled cap with the back and wings barred with black stripes. Found throughout NZ mainly on the coast. Many juveniles cross the Tasman and spend at least their first winter on the East Australian coast. They feed mainly on shoaling small fish by plunge diving from the air. Breeding is from October to January, and nest on bare rock or a scrape in sand or shingle, sometimes of grasses, twigs and ice-plant. They are seen in colonies of a few to several hundred and are often associated with Red-billed Gulls. The eggs, 1-2, are variable light stone, green or brown with small scattered dark and light brown blotches.

Source: www.janetemarshall.co.nz

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  • Tabib Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 5 N: 167] (859)
  • [2008-01-23 17:58]

Hello Paul,

That was very close and caught him wide open.
I like the sharpness and good control exposure of white plumages.

excellent POV,colors and exposure,the pic looks quite amusing.TFS

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2008-01-24 2:20]

Hello Paul and very very nice to see you back here!
I hope it's for a longer period this time...

This is a very beautiful fresh photo from you!
I remember that gannet colony well from your pictures (both from the ones with the gannet pairs or in-flights and from that lovely panorama)...it really is a fantastic place.
This portrait is superb and it presents this White-fronted Tern kid with lots of sharp details and in a great pose. The exposure probably was a bit tricky here because of the big natural contrast, but you handled it superbly, bringing out a spot-on image.
Wonderful job!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Paul

Good sharp shot of this very young Wf Tern, not long out of the nest I'd say with all that brown on his back. Great sharpness and POV.


Hi Paul
Ha Ha Nice moment :-). Good compo, great exposure on white and very good sharpness
Best wishes

Excellent Tern portrait, Paul.
Good moment.
Well done

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  • Tlapp Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 27 W: 6 N: 19] (112)
  • [2008-10-04 2:52]

Although the scene is very contrasty you managed not too overexpose the bird. I like natural colors of the bird and the bird itself.
One more thing...could the title be any funnier?
egards, Rafal

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