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Little tern about to catch a fish

Little tern about to catch a fish
Photo Information
Copyright: Carlos M Garcia (alguazul) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 79 W: 14 N: 120] (713)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 30 D, Canon EF100-400 F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-11 16:41
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 34
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Yesterday I went to visit the little terns and accompanied them in its endless task of catching fishes. Very small fishes, but they are all the time watching the surface looking for them and catching to raise the chicks. It was late in the afternoon... in June that is more than 21 h and the sun was releasing the last rays that are reflected on their alert eyes.

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Beautiful in flight shot Carlos.
Warm light, color tones and pose of the bird is wonderful.
Thanks for sharing.
Warm regards, Harry

Hi Carlos,
Wonderful capture. Action, composition, focus and details wonderful.. colors also. lighing very nice. Timining good. TFS
best wishes

Hi Carlos,
Distance is a bit at the limit.
Good in flight. The former are really difficult.

Hi Carlos, aunque no me entero de lo que has puesto en las notas de fotógrafo (bueno yesterdey y alert eyes). :-). Me imagino que será algo relacionado con el fotón. Es impresionante el encuadre y esa luz amarillenta. Ahora lo que más me ha impresionado, es eso que pone por ahí de 30D y 100-400. Ya me había dicho algún pajarito algo. Vas a ser el más rápido en disparar de todo el litoral. Vaya equipazo. Me alegro un montón. Un abrazo y enhorabuena doble, triple o las que hagan falta.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-06-11 17:06]

Hi Carlos

I agree with Harry - it is the light that makes this shot. The pose is excellent also. Well done.


Good low light has brought out sufficient detail in the eye (which are easily lost on terns) and the pov is good...not too low...not too high. Love it when they hover like this...then straight down. Best, Brat.

Beauty!! No critique .. would have done it the same way if I could ...


Hello Carlos,
This is just amazing! Excellent capture with the bird perfectly poised in mid-air! Soft colour tones and lovely detail on the face.
Kind regards,
Bev ;-)

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-06-11 20:21]

I have often watched the terns and all their acrobatic moves. It is beautiful to watch them go into their dive and catch fish. I have photographed them but none has turned out so perfect as yours. The wing position and pose is perfect with great eye contact and glint in eye. The focus and details are amazing for such a difficult in-flight subject. The exposure is stunningly perfect with no over exposure of the whites! A favorite!

Ciao Carlos,
ottima foto, hai bloccato molto bene l'uccello in volo, complimenti!

Muy buenas D. Carlos primero de los charrancitos voladores.......
Una pasada de luz, de momento, vamos de todo..... pero me apena por Ana seguro que le pasas la "patata caliente" y seguro que desespera con los vuelos..... o se dedicará a la composición para mostrarnos con más fuerza su técnica..... o la veremos con el tiempo canonizarse también.... bueno tiempo al tiempo. Como con el tiempo y ese escenario tan bueno que tienes nos mostrarás muchas más tomas buenas de estas y de otras especies.
Por cierto el objetivo negrito de sigma era no? el 80-400 ó el 50-500, lo vendes? si es así puede que te encuentre un comprador.
Un abrazo.

Hello Carlos , very well exposured and composed flight photo , good sharpness , TFS and good luck.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2007-06-12 7:39]

great in flight shot! full of action! great timing, focus. tfs

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-06-12 8:29]

Hi Carlos. Whar a nice clear shot. excellent detail with good colours . the sun light on the bird is very good. .a nice POC and compostion. very well done TFS.

Hola Carlos,
Espectacular!!! me encanta como se ve suspendida en el aire y buscando algo mas abajo. La composicion muy estetica con excelente definicion y luz,un lujito.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-06-12 13:19]

HI Carlos
Beautiful capture.Very sharp image with great details.Colors and POV are excellent.Lovely catchlight in the yee of that bird.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-14 13:23]

Hi Carlos, cracking action shot, so clear and sharp, the late light on the Gull is fabulous. A great pov and a dynamic composition.

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