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White-winged Tern

White-winged 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): Birds in Flight, Turkish Terns [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-09 11:23
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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Chlidonias leucopterus

Fırat River - Birecik

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

Identification. 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.
Habitat. 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.

Distrubition. 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.

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Nice one! I like the reflections very much! Good detail in the wings. Compo is fine and stresses the speed of the bird(s) ;-). Good job, greetings Arjuna.

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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-11-09 12:43]

Bonsoir Kazim,
Très belle prise de vue de cet oiseau comme d'ailleurs beaucoup que j'ai vu sur ton site. Le reflet dans l'eau est superbe. Excellente image !

Good simple compo.
Looks easy to do...but it isn't!

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  • marty Silver Star Critiquer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-11-10 0:46]

This is a very neat picture. Love the reflection.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-10 4:40]

At first when i saw the thimbnail, i thought there were 2 birds, but when i opened the picture, i was totally stunned! That reflection is so clear and beautiful that i can almost reach with my hand and touch it!
Also very impressive are the details on the gull and the fact that the exposure is perfectly managed.
A magnificent composition, with lovely colros and tones and a very nice framing. Definately a favorite :)

very nice, TFS Ori

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