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River Tern with Fish

River Tern with Fish
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Copyright: Satish Hanumantha Rao (satish_h) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 0 N: 1261] (7630)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D-200, Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Family Matters 1, Pentaxfriend's favorites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-02-12 8:47
Viewed: 3892
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Indian River Tern or just River Tern (Sterna aurantia) is a bird in the tern family . It is a resident breeder along inland rivers from Iran east through Pakistan into India and Myanmar to Thailand, where it is uncommon. It does not occur in Sri Lanka. Unlike most Sterna terns, it is almost exclusively found on freshwater, rarely venturing even to tidal creeks.

This species breeds from March to May in colonies in less accessible areas such as sandbanks in rivers. It nests in a ground scrape, often on bare rock or sand, and lays three greenish-grey to buff eggs, which are blotched and streaked with brown.

This is a medium-sized tern, 38-43 cm long with dark grey upperparts, white underparts, a forked tail with long flexible streamers, and long pointed wings. The bill is yellow and the legs red. It has a black cap in breeding plumage. In the winter the cap is greyish white, flecked and streaked with black, there is a dark mask through the eye, and the tip of the bill becomes dusky.

The sexes are similar but juveniles have a brown head, brown-marked grey upperparts, grey breast sides and white underparts. The bill is yellowish with a dark tip

As with other Sterna terns, the River Tern feeds by plunge-diving for fish, crustaceans, tadpoles and aquatic insects in rivers, lakes, and tanks. Its numbers are decreasing is due to the pollution of their habitat.

This bird was feeding its young one with fish..Sometimes, if the fish is big, the parent would swallow the feed. Here it is waiting for the small one to take the fish.

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-02-12 9:00]

very nice picture..very good sharpess,and compo is excellent..the chick is hungry too...paaapa...

Superb image, Satish.
It is fun. What a moment. Are these actors; can't be the real thing;-).

Really nice...TFS


Hi Satish,

Fantasfic shot
Excellent compo, sharpnes, details, poses and POV
Lovely colors and lighting

TFS Thijs

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2008-02-12 9:49]

Hi Satish,

This is a fantastic moment.The picture really tells a story. Well done.


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-02-12 11:23]

Hello Satish,

Thank you for sharing this good photo. It is an interesting moment you have captured. Good quality of the photo with clear details and good looking colors.

Best regards,


How cute this is,
The little guy is quite hungry and I guest mom is to the rescue,
Wonderful way to show the loving part of nature,


Hello Satish,
The moment is so well captured, impressive!
Excellent technical quality too, fine natural colours and good sharpness...
A well balanced composition!
Pablo -

beautiful moment you capture.the colors and sharpness are great!

Satish, Very good picture. Well saturated colors. Good catch light in the eyes of the parent and the chick.
- Murali Santhanam

Hi Satish

Great shot of this tern bringing dinner home for the kids.
Beautifully composed with excellent sharpness.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-02-13 6:25]

Hi Satish,
Lovely capture :o) I liked the moment you caught a lot. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-02-13 8:20]

Satish, Lovely and superb shot. I am looking some kind of such shot locations. Superb Ganesh

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