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White-Winged Black Tern

White-Winged Black Tern
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Copyright: Kazim Capaci (capaci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 139 W: 55 N: 150] (1300)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L 4.5-5.6L Ø77
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Bird of Gediz Delta, Turkish Terns [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-05 14:04
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White-Winged Black Tern - Chlidonias leucopterus
Tr.Ak Kanatlı Sumru, En. White-winged Black Tern, Da. Hvidvinget Terne, Du. Witvleugelstern, Fi. Valkosiipitiira, Fr. Guifette leucoptère, Ge. Weissflügelseeschwalbe, It. Mignattino alibianche, No. Hvitvingesvartterne, Sp. Fumarel aliblanco, Sw. Vitvingad tärna

Only in summer do these birds look truly white-winged when groups of them patrolling over a marsh can give quite dazzling displays of black-and-white. A Black Tern can sometimes seem to have a pale leading edge to the wing but only in the White-winged Black Tern is this truly and extensively white and highlighted even more by black underwing coverts and a brilliant white rump. At the end of the breeding season, the moulting adults can be most easily told by the obvious remnants of black under the wing-coverts and the juveniles stand out because of their almost solidly black mantles which give a neat saddle effect. Compared with a Whiskered Tern, the wings have more contrasting pale and dark areas and the rump is always whiter. The overall impression is therefore of a more black and white bird than either Black or Whiskered Tern. At rest, notice how the head, and especially the nape, shows more white than on other 'marsh terns', with just a black lobe extending down from the crown to the ear-coverts.
Breeds on freshwater marshes.
A vagrant, with roughly 20 birds found each year during the spring, summer and autumn. Most birds occur in the south and east of England, with occasional birds in the Midlands and further north. 691 records up to the end of 1995.
Breeds in eastern Europe and Turkey at specific sites such as the Hortobagy (Hungary), the Biebrza Marshes (Poland) and the Danube Delta (Romania). Present at a greater number of sites on passage but still mostly confined to eastern Europe.
7-10,000 pairs, mostly in the Ukraine
from www.birdguides.com

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Beautiful shot , mirror reflection is absolute fantastic capture, the detail really stands out on this well exposed image. :)

Wow this is great, love the relections which you have captured well. Birds to me are hard to capture, so any tips to me would be great, thanks.

Guzel fotografiniz icin sizi kutluyorum.

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  • mrcrow Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 422 W: 98 N: 194] (3008)
  • [2006-01-05 15:32]

great shot..i thought it was two doing a red arrows display thing
and i had to save and blow this up till i saw the differences...that is a shot in a million
well taken..
not even a droplet of water to distinguish..

Hi Kazim
This is a great image of a bird we British birdwatchers only get to see on odd occassions over here. The mirror like reflection in the water is stunning.
Best wishes

absolutely fantastic! i never seen something like this before! it is perfect! i love it! congratullations for this magniffcent photo.

Nice one Kazim, beautiful reflection, TFS

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2006-01-05 17:55]

Really beautiful mirror shot ! Perfectly clear and sharp. Well done,


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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2006-01-05 18:39]

STUNNING in-flight with reflection, excellent. No nits.

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  • taba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 466 W: 124 N: 312] (1847)
  • [2006-01-05 18:54]

Hi Kazim
The reflex you got is really fantastic, I first doubt that it was real..
Good composition and DOF
well done.

Hi Kazim,
the reflection is great.
Well composed and good details.
Well done.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-01-06 2:21]

This is an amazing shot of the reflection. Where is the water?
Haha...It is seamless. Wonderful capture, Kazim. Congratulations, and TFS. : )

Hi Kazim

Well done on this shot. Nicely composed. Good sharpness and clarity. No nits here. TFS.

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