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Hydroprogne caspia

Hydroprogne caspia
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-19
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-07-01 3:12
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Hydroprogne caspia (Pallas, 1770)
Synonym Sterna caspia
Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia, formerly Sterna caspia is the world's largest tern (family Sternidae) with a length of 4856 cm, a wingspan of 127140 cm and a weight of 574782g
Adult birds have black legs, and a long thick red-orange bill with a small black tip. They have a white head with a black cap and white neck, belly and tail. The upper wings and back are pale grey; the underwings are pale with dark primary feathers. In flight, the tail is less forked than other terns and wing tips black on the underside. In winter, the black cap is still present
It has a subcosmopolitan but scattered distribution. Despite its extensive range, it is monotypic of its genus, and has no accepted subspecies.
Their breeding habitat is large lakes and ocean coasts in North America and locally in Europe (mainly around the Baltic Sea and Black Sea), Asia, Africa, and Australasia. North American birds migrate to southern coasts, the West Indies and northernmost South America. European and Asian birds spend the non-breeding season in the Old World tropics. African and Australasian birds are resident or disperse over short distances.

In Cyprus Hydroprogne caspia is a rare and irregular passage migrant, usually in spring.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-07-01 3:19]

Hello Christodoulos,
lively view and excellent composition that filled the frame with excitement. This is a dramatic view with sharp and fast shot.
really an exciting view to see in the soft blue sky.


hello Christodoulos
super picture ,great details super sharpness and nice composition
thanks greeting lou

Ciao Christdoulos, great capture of lovely Sterna in great fly on a beautiful blue sky, fine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Christodoulos,
This is an exquisite image, very good capture of the bird with precise timing! A very attractive composition and shown with excellent sharp detail and beautiful natural colours, The clear blue sky makes the bird stands out so well, Superb exposure! A Super shot!
Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend,
Best Regards,

Amazing shot of this rare and gorgeous looking tern, Christodoulos! This photo can be described as a masterpiece with its flawless elegance! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hallo Christodoulos,
a superb capture of the Caspian Tern, perfect focusing with outstanding sharpness and details, marvellous colours with splendid white tones against a blue sky, excellent point of view in a very pleasant dynamic composition
Have a good weekend
Ciao Maurizio

Ciao Christodoulos. No words to comment the perfect shot!


Hi Chris,

Wwow fabulous capture of this Caspian Tern my friend, can only be described as exemplary flawless, white balance to the T with outstanding detailed sharpness, Bravo Chris and well done,
Best regards,


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2011-07-01 5:36]

wow! amazing in flight capture
thanks for sharing

Hello Christodoulos!
An outstanding shot with great sharpness and wonderful blue sky as BG.Amazing! Inviable shot! TFS
Regards from,

Hello Christodoulos,
What a beautiful photography.Excellent point of view.Peaceful colour.Fabulous sharpness.Nicely composed.
Very well done..


another perfecty pictures of yours, your gallery is so divered, greetings Ori

Ciao Christdoulos, another masterpiece for this picture .... on the fly. Great moment you've captured the light and sensational details and despite the difficulty of the shot. All the best, Paul

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-07-01 8:01]

Very fine in-flight of a Caspian Tern Christodoulos!
I like the POV and lighting that show the features with excellent sharpness and colours against a clear sky.
This species of tern has now become very rare in Sweden with only a few pairs breeding.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hello Christodoulos.
This is a wonderful capture of bird in flight. The full spreading wings are marvelous against the beautiful sky.
I like the exposure of the plumage with fine details.
Thanks and kind regards,

Hi Christodoulos.
This is like a poster! Amazing composition. Great sharpness - so many details. I like this blue sky in the background.
Have a nice weekend,

Hello Christodoulos,
Impressive capture of a lovely species.
The diagonal composition is great.
Amazing details and very good sharpness as usual.
Exceptional focus, very nice POV and perfect light.
Wonderful contrast against the background.

Hallo Christodoulos
Excellent in-flight capture! The details are amazing and this image will be excellent for a cover page on any birdlife coffee table book.
Well framed situation, super details and vivid colours! Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-07-01 11:31]

Hello Christodoulos,
Impressive photo of this tern in perfect sharpness and details. Gorgeous colours and a fantastic diagonal composition.

Hello Christodoulos,your dynamic presentation gives this aerial shot lots of impact.
A very nice clear shot worthy of your gallery.
Best regards Les.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-07-01 15:07]

Fantastic in-flight pic! What a ligh balance and what a sharpness,the pic talk himself,no need others comments..just my great compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

Hello Christodoulos,

another fantastic shot by you.
Good pov andsharpness.
Fine colors and lots of details in the feathers.


Amazing photo, all the subtle details of the feathers visible. Excellent composition. regards yiannis

great capture Chris, excellent colors and details, congratulations !

un saluto, tino

Hello Christodoulos,

A well framed situation, with the bird creating a double diagonal!
Fine pin sharp details in the plumage, and the red beak is a true eye-catcher in the scene...

Pablo -

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-07-03 0:51]

Shalom Christodoulos,

Superb capture with a very attractive composition, sharp details, and beautiful colors. I love the texture of the wings!

The deep blue of the sky provides a great background for this magnificent bird.

Thank you for sharing. Enjoy your Sunday!


Hi Christodoulos,
fabulous frame filling capture, perfect diagonal composition, blue, white, and black, plus the red dot of the beak are forming an image of quintessential reduction. Excellent.
Thank you! With best regards,

Hi Christodoulos,

Great shot! An excellent in motion capture! Very clear and detailed photo! Good job!


Hi Christodoulos,
Fantastic action capture with superb composition!
White e light management are impressive and the colours are very natural.
Congratulations Christodoulos!
Thanks for sharing

Hello Christodoulos

WOW ! A great close-up in-flight shot of the Caspian Tern,
very fine POV, with its flight pose we can feel the speed,
great focus sharpness and details, TFS


Hi Christodoulos,

The bird is well placed in the frame. The point of view is shpowing the details and colors of the Hydroprogne Caspia in flight. The afternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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