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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: CANON 1Ds Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-01-04 1:45
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken last sommer at Sumru-Adası(Tern-Island)in Buyukcekmece Lake.This scane was nearly 50-60m far from my camera and I cropped the original image nearly %60.
Have a great Sunday and thanks for looking!

Common Tern
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. This bird has a circumpolar distribution breeding in temperate and sub-Arctic regions of Europe, Asia and east and central North America. It is strongly migratory, wintering in the subtropical and tropical oceans. It is sometimes known as the sea swallow.
This is a medium-sized tern, 34-37 cm long with a 70-80 cm wingspan. It is most readily confused within its range with the similar Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea and Roseate Tern Sterna dougalli.
Its thin sharp bill is red with a dark tip. Its longish legs are also red. Its upperwings show a dark primary wedge, unlike Arctic, in which they are uniformly grey. Its long tail extends only to the wingtips on the standing bird, unlike Arctic and Roseate Terns, which extend past the wingtips. It is not as pale as Roseate Tern, and has longer wings.
In winter, the forehead and underparts are white. Juvenile Common Terns show extensive ginger coloration and lack the scaly appearance of juvenile Roseate Terns.
The call is a clear piping, like Arctic Tern but lower pitched and less strident.
Common Tern
This species breeds in colonies on coasts and islands and often inland on suitable freshwater lakes. This latter practice is assisted by the provision of floating "tern rafts" to give a safe breeding area. It lays two to four eggs. Like many white terns, it is very defensive of its nest and young and will attack humans and other large predators, but unlike the more aggressive Arctic Tern rarely hits the intruder, usually swerving off at the last moment.
Like all Sterna terns, the Common Tern feeds by plunge-diving for fish, from either the sea or freshwater lakes and large rivers. It usually dives directly, and not from the "stepped-hover" favoured by Arctic Tern. The offering of fish by the male to the female is part of the courtship display. Common terns are known to reach an age of 23 years or more on occasion (Austin, 1953).
The old Scottish word for the Common Tern is pictar, occasionally encountered in Scotland and the Maritime Provinces of Canada.
The Common Tern is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies
Camera Model:Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III
Shooting Mode:Aperture-Priority AE
Tv( Shutter Speed ): 1/1250
Av( Aperture Value ):5.6
Metering Mode: Spot Metering
Exposure Compensation: 0
ISO Speed: 200
Lens:500.0 mm
Focal Length: 700.0 mm
Image Quality: RAW
White Balance Mode:Auto
AF Mode: AI Servo AF

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2009-01-04 1:50]

merhaba ömer
meşhur adadan demek bu da
bonusuyla yansımasyıyla hem de uçar nefis bir kadraj
kompozisyonu, bakış açısı ve netliği başarılı
eline sağlık

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-04 2:07]

Hello Omer,
Great in-flight capture of a Common tern with its capture. Nice POV and wing position and composition against blue water.
Best regards,Siggi

Merhaba Omer,
it can't be done better, wow - the sharpness, the spectacular moment, it's wonderful, thanks for that shot, selamlar
Sabine - wishnugaruda

amzing capture , beautiful colours and sharp , great details ,

Hi Omer,
A nice capture of this beautiful tern. Superb sharp details, Excellent timing and a lovely composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Harika bir aksiyon olmuş Ömer bey..
emeğinize sağlık...

Merhaba Omer, fantastic capture with fascinating reflection, wonderful light and colors, splendid focus, fine details and superb sharpness, master piece, I like a lot, very well done, bravo, ciao Silvio

Süper tele şartlarına rağmen renk kalitesi ve netliği ile harika bir uçar resmi ve avcı-av ilişkisi saptaması olmuş Ömer, verdiğin bilgiler de bu güzel kareyi çok iyi tamamlıyor, kutlarım dostum.

merhaba Ömer bey,
Söyleyecek söz bulamıyorum,
Daha güzel bir fotoğrafı olamaz bence.
En güzel dileklerimle hoşcakalın.

this must be one of the best among the best shots on treknature!!! well done, sharp, beautiful lighting and excellent action. not to mention the reflection! TFS!

Merhaba Omer,
spettacolare momento di cattura, meraviglioso il riflesso della sterna con preda e il riverbero dorato sull'acqua, bellissimi e saturi i colori, ottima definizione.

Ömer Bey merhaba
nihayet 16. kareyi görebildik:) sumruların en sevdiğim pozlarından birini yine ustalıkla yakalamışsınız. ben de defalarca bıyıklı sumru için bu görüntüyü çekmeye çalışmıştım.
Balıkla birlikte kompozisyon tamamlanmış. yansıma, netlik ve renkler, hepsi harika. beğenerek zevkle izliyorum. elinize sağlık. yeni karelerde görüşmek dileğiyle hoşçakalın.

Ömer dostum kareleri 16'lamışsın:) az kalsın kaçırıyordum. Pardon alta ayna mı koydun:) banamı öyle geliyor:) Yansıma muhteşem. Müthiş bir aksiyon karesi. Gün ışığının arkada kalan kızıl yansıması da karede ayrı bir güzel durmuş. Eeee erbabından da böyle kare çıkar doğrusu.
Eline ve emeğine sağlık dostum. İyi pazarlar.


Muhtesem bir poz Omer bey. tam bir action shot. Renkler ve detaylar harika. Tesekkurler.

beautiful catch, reflection and light

This is a very good picture, the colors are excellent and the composition is special. The refection is top notch!!!
Goutham R

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-01-04 8:00]

Merhaba Ömer Bey, muhteşem bir kare daha sizden. Zamanlamanız harika. Elinize sağlık.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2009-01-04 8:05]

Merhaba Omer!

Just fantastic capture! I love captured moment with bird and fish, excellent wide composition with main subject reflected in the water. Colorfull water in BG also looks great.

Nefis bir aksiyon fotosu olmuş .
Eline sağlık Ömer .

This is really lovely Omer. There are some really nice elements here: The sharp tern, it's reflection, the wonderful warm glow on the water, the bits of bright red in the otherwise fairly neutral image, and of course the action of the subject with his catch. Nice work.

Evelynn ; )

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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2009-01-04 9:23]

Merhaba Ömer,
Bir kuş karesinde yansıma bu kadar güzel olabiliyormuş demek ki. Renkler ve keskinlik de kusursuz olunca seyri doyumsuz bir kare ortaya çıkmış. Emeğine sağlık.


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-04 9:27]

Hi Omer.
Once more terrific shot from you. Simply amazing subject and ultimate freezing of it.
Mirror reflection in the water, reproduction of lake surface, its colouration are stunning. Bravo.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-04 9:32]

Hi Omer,

You don't post very often but whenever you do it is something really special! A beautiful picture and you captured the moment perfectly. The Tern is beautiful with wonderful colors and details. The fish in his beak is a bonus. The reflection is nothing short of spectacular. The rays of sunlight on the water enhance the image is even more.


Selamlar Ömer Bey, fotoğraflarınız hep az ama hep de öz. Bir anda müthiş kare... herzaman yaptığınız gibi olağanüstü bir zamanlama ve müthiş bir sonuç. Emeğinize sağlık.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-04 10:37]

Hi Omer , This is a very good inflight shot of the Tern. Your timing was spot on and so lucky to get it with a fish. The refection on the water is so clear . all with good colours. I like the sun refection on the water. All with interesting notes. very well done TFS.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2009-01-04 11:18]

Hi Omer

What a gorgeous shot, perfect frozen flight and a stunning mirror reflection as well. You must have amazing timing! Lovely light and great POV as well



Hello Omer,

very good inflight shot of the Tern.
Beautiful pov,bg, dof and colours.


Impresionante el bello juego de colores de todo el conjunto Omer. Un buen trabajo también con la luz y el encuadre: enhorabuena.

Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-04 12:47]

Hello Omer,
This is a fabulous capture of the Common Tern in flight with a brilliant reflection in the water. The light and colours are so beautiful and details very sharp. A wonderful background too.
TFS and regards, Ulla

Merhaba Ömer Bey,portfolyonuza muhteşem bir kare daha.Zaten hepsi birbirinden güzel,birbirinden gözalıcı kareler.Zamanlama ancak bu kadar güzel olabilir,netlikse yansımayla beraber,ayakta alkışlanmayı çoktan haketmiş.Muhteşem bir kare,bayıldım buna ben,yürekten kutluyorum.İzlemek hakikaten çok güzel,ellerinize sağlık :)

hello Omer

excellent shot of the Common Tern fliying with his captured fish,
fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness and details,
i love the reflexion on the water and also i love the warm
colour tone of the sun on the water, TFS


hello Omer
sublime action shot of this tern with a fish in his beak, great pose, colors, light and sharpness, I like the reflection in the water very much
very well done

I'm coming back to your beautiful gallery after quite some time, my brother Omer...
This shot is a stunner by any standards..
The POV/DOF are superb, as is everything else!
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year!

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-04 21:47]

Hello Omer,

You have captured the image of this bird in a very fine moment. The bird has a nice pose with the fish in its beak. The image has a very good sharpness especialy for an in flight shoot. As you have used well the light there are very nice and naturaly looking colors.

Thank you for sharing,

Hi Omer,

That's a beautiful picture of a Tern. i had never seen one before.

Great focus and clarity. The reflection is perfect too.

TFS and HNY 2009!


Hallo Omer
You have captured a fantastic moment in the daily routine of this bird enjoying itself with its catch. The reflection of light on the water surface creates a beautiful effect. The colour and detail is absolutely beautiful, and one actually does not have to say too much looking at this scenery as the image speaks for itself. Nice control of the camera to get the results in this composition and viewpoint.
Kind regards

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-05 1:45]

Hi Omer,
an excellent shot. the clarity and sharpness is beyond doubt. the pestel colour really pushed the red beak and legs into an obvious capture.
you have done real splendid.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-05 4:49]

Merhaba Ömer,
This is remarkable shot in several ways.
To get such a sharp action shot at such a distance is a credit for your equipment. But to time it so well and compose it in such fine lighting is a credit to you the photographer and user of the equipment.
This shot of a Common Tern taking its catch to its nest is simply wonderful!
Tebrikler Ömer Dostum!
Tesekkürler ve eline saglik,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-05 6:34]

Hello Omer,
Looking at this picture it's sure for me that's a shot from you.I like the composition, the beautiful light and the natural colors. And especially too the interesting subject and the reflection on the surface of the water. Not easy to make such a sharp picture and to catch the right moment.
Bravo again.
My best wishes for a happy 2009

Dear Omer,
Excellent stunning photograph of tern captured by you with superb background. TFS.

Hello Omer !
A new picture, at last ! I was wondering if you would show us some more picture, or if we would have to content ourselves with what we already had ! :-) And it's such a great picture ! You captured a great moment and you froze the bird perfectly, with nice sharp details. The reflection on the water is fantastic, and you have composed the pcture very nicely. Very well done !

Hi Omer,
You've done an outstanding job here, without a doubt.
The reflection & POV of the action is excellent.
I might've cleaned it up a bit with some patchwork if it was mine, the only nit..
But I'm known for my nit-picking ;}
Great capture & Best wishes for a prosperous New Year,

Merhaba Omer,
Compliment for this fine and beautiful shot of the common Tern with mouthful of fish inflight!
the sharpness and reflection is the main attraction in this composition
very well done

Merhaba Ömer Bey, gerçekten çok güzel bir çekim olmuş. Harika bir anı, en güzel şekilde sbaitlemişsiniz. Elinize sağlık.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2009-01-06 1:57]

Hello Omer
Superb action shot - you have caught the bird well, and the bird has caught the fish even better!!
The water reflection is like a mirror - well done

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-01-06 2:39]

Mehaba Ömer bey
Harika bir zamanlama, sudaki yansıması bile kendisi kadar belirgin.Tebrik ederim, selamlar..

Hi Omer,
I would say it a thousand times over that it worth its while to wait for your next 'release' :)!
This is yet another prize shot from you in which the bird is shown a split second after its catch of a fish.
It is not only a great action shot but also a highly artistic capture.
Thanks for this great image and best regards.

hello ömer
great shot
i like the colours and sharpness

greeting lou

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-06 14:05]

Magnificent shot, Omer!
The reflection is superb.
Very sharp and clear.
Excellent composition.

One of the best shots on TN!!

Very, very, very well done,


Salam Omer,

This is another fine collection to your excellent gallery. You have registered the image with fine sharpness and details. The timing is perfect and the sunset reflection on the surface making it a real drama.


  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 103 W: 39 N: 11] (54)
  • [2009-01-07 3:42]

hello Omer

Superb capture of the fine moment of the bird with its fish above the water and with such a nice reflection on it. The light from the top also adds a nice touch of color tone. My appreciation is the dots of red on the beak and legs.

I can see this was done with FL400mm at 1/1250s with tripod, so the clarity and sharpness is easily explained, but what I know is most difficult must be the moment of framing, composing and focus. The skill of a wildlife photographer is shown in this presentation.

Perhaps I am puzzled about the slight noise shown on my screen at iso200? Or am I wrong?

Great work.

tfs, bill

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2009-01-08 5:01]

Merhaba Ömer bey harika bir kare olmuş ellerine sağlık.

OUTSTANDING piece of photograpy work.
Mario from COLD COLD Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Hello Omer
Perfect shot. Good composition and the water reflection.
Well done! TFS. Ferran

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-01-09 21:15]

Hi Omer,
A very fine capture indeed...the shot is perfect in composition and technical details. The reflection is a definite bonus.The wing span just looks marvellous.
TFS & Cheers

WOW! Splendid shot, Omer.Perfect timing to capture the bird with its mouthful. Nice POV, Dof and immaculate sharpness. You have captured the reflection too.
Thanks for the share,

Selamlar Ömer Bey, muhteşem bir kare ve sudaki yansıma da mükemmel. Elinize sağlık.

nice capture , TFS Ori

Çok güzel. Yansımanın etkisi, anı yakalamayı taçlandırmış. Çok iyi yakalamışsınız. Kutlarım. Sevgiler.

Hi Omer,
It's very impressive to see the perfect reflection of the Stern on the see. Sharpness and light are very good. Not an easy shot. Congratulations,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-12 19:35]

Hello Omer,
Great action shot Omer and for such heavy cropping it has good detail and great colors. Splendid work, thank you.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-01-15 8:42]

Hi Omer,
Outstanding shot and you have captured this special moment with great skill. Very impressive sharpness and you have handled the lighting and edposure very well here. I like the lighting effects on the water too. Excellent POV and composition.

Hello Omer,
You provide us another precise moment shot due to the bird's fish, the refection, etc.
I like the color temperature as well.
Thanks for sharing

Merhaba Ömer,
You´ve done a terrific image, captured in the precise moment of action; details and sharpness are very good. I like composition and water reflection also.

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  • JPlumb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 618 W: 158 N: 896] (2904)
  • [2009-01-20 12:42]

Omer, your timing was perfect on this shot of the Tern with its prey. The shot is sharp with very good composition. I especially like the positioning you have on this bird with that great reflection in the water. Very nicely done.

Thanks, John

Hello Omar.

Excellent image, nice composition and colors.

Jose Luis.

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2009-01-25 0:47]

This has definitely a very high wow factor. Love the action, the colours and the details.
Congratulations, for my favourites..

Hello Omer,

I must apologise for not coming back to your gallery for some time now, and I really appreciate the feedback.

This is a stunner, excellent detail, beautiful colours, amazing reflection on the water, superb work.

All the best, Cheers Rick :)

Wonderful action scene, perfectly lighting. I love that evening (I'm making an assumption here) lighting. Great details. The reflection makes the photo spectacular.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2009-02-01 9:42]

Hi Omer

This is an absolutely gorgeous capture!
The sharpness on the tern caught here is terrific and the clarity of its reflection in the water is equally amazing. Further more, it comes with a lovely bonus – that prey in its beak that adds some more drama to this already great composition.
The wonderful colors and spot-on exposure complete this great post.

Bravo and TFS

hi omer!
what a nice capture!
great situation and i like the reflection
good work!

Hi Ömer again,
Although the scene was far from You and You made serious crop, this is a very fine work, showing the Common Tern before dinner. :) Wonderful timing and reflection, not to mention pose. Really nice shot.
Tfs, regards, László

great play of reflection in this capture in flight
another great compo Omer

happy new year sERGIO

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