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Common Tern

Common Tern
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Copyright: cahit agcal (cako) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200 DSLR, Sigma EX 50-500mm f/4-6.3 APO HSM DG
Exposure: f/8, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-23 14:50
Viewed: 3685
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 52
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Common Tren (Tr:Sumru), sterna hirundo
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.

Sumrugiller ya da Deniz kırlangıçları (Sternidae), Yağmur kuşları takımına ait bir familyadır.

Tüm dünyada yayılış gösterirler. Kıyılar ve iç sular bulundukları yerlerdir. Aniden dalış yaparak besinlerini yakalarlar.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-05-23 15:02]

Hello Cahit,
Beautiful scenery... Excellent colours, good light.
Great job!

Spettacolare momento di cattura, eccellente POV, molto bella la composizione per la dinamica dell'azione, ottima nitidezza, magnifici i colori e la luce. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-05-23 15:20]

Hi Cahit,

I love it! Great timing to capture the adult Tern bringing food to the children waiting with their beaks wide open. You captured the moment perfectly with fine details and wonderful colors.


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  • efsus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 415 W: 11 N: 843] (3947)
  • [2008-05-23 15:37]

Merhaba Cahit!
İzlemesi bile oldukça keyifli ve eğlenceli bir kare. Dinamik bir kompozisyon yanında netlik ve detaylar da süper olmuş. Eline sağlık. Hüseyin

Cahit bey, nerelerdeydiniz, kendinizi de harika çekimlerinizi de özletmiştiniz. Meşhur "Sumru Adası"nı görmek size de nasip olduğunu anlıyorum, çekim yerine bakınca. elinize sağlık harika bir çekim. zamanlama mükemmel. iyi geceler, selamlar.

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-05-23 15:58]

Hola Cahit, gran momento, una bonita fotografia, con buen color y luz, la fracción de segundo congelada es muy buena. Un saludo

Merhaba cahit,
Absolutely beautiful shot!
perfect moment on this fine captured of Common Tren!
the image is so sharp with awesome colour and perfect details
always a quality posting!


Very well captured. This seems to be the common sight around the world where spring has just started. Your picture shows this time of year very well. It is wonderful to see the parents working hard to feed their youngsters with much dedication. TFS.

Best Regards,


Hallo Cahit
This is really stunning. You have captured these Common Terns sharing the food in a excellent "freeze framed" motion, and it is a great action shot.The details is very clear and really eye-catching, and here I specifically refer to the reddish beak and paws. The wingspan of this bird is really impressive and displays well in your image. I like the black patch of feathers on the head as it looks like they are wearing caps. Lovely presentation.
Kind regards.

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  • Art_R Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 20 N: 839] (3892)
  • [2008-05-23 22:11]

Hi Cahit , great action photo , you have stopped the motion excellently , focus and detail is perfect , the color / exposure are very good , and your timing is great. thanks for sharing

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2008-05-23 23:49]

Merhaba Cahit bey,
Harika bir zamanlama ve mükemmel bir kompozisyon.

Merhaba Cahit Bey! Uzun zamandır yoktunuz. Çok güzel ve aksiyon dolu bir kare ile döndünüz. Ellerinize sağlık. Nefis olmuş. İyi bir hafta sonu geçirmeniz dileğimle... Sağlıcakla...

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2008-05-24 2:37]

These terns and their wings are so beautiful isnt it and dear cahit you have captured them in action without losing any of its grace or ebauty. Superb composition freezing the feeding , with nice lighting, colours and contrasts. I like the presence of the other little ones too around , some of them also waiting for their turn to grab a bite...Well done.
TFS & Cheers

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-05-24 10:14]

Hello Cahit,
The contrasting colours of Terns does it very well in a photo. Also in this one. Excellent timing and very good details. Good composition and DOF.

Hi Cahit,
This is an excellent capture. You had great timing to catch this interesting moment. Those birds are elegant, real beauties. Composition is excellent with very good exposure and details. Congratulations,

Cahit Bey merhaba,
Nefi b,r zamanlama ve iyi bir netlik. Balığın gözü bile net. Elinize sağlık. Selamlar

Hi Cahit,
Nice exposure, details, DOF, and colors.
Well composed and a great POV of the action.
This one stands out above the rest, the subject is doing something of interest.
Well done!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-25 9:49]

Merhaba Cahit Bey,
Mükemmel zamanlama.Netlik,detaylar,kadraj ve kompozisyon 4/4 lük olmuş.Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık!

Cahit merhaba , harika bir aksiyon fotoğrafı , tebrikler , bol şanslar .

This is an exquisite shot, one I don't often see. The composition is brilliant. There are the contrasting colors, the action of the babies waiting for food, the mom bringing it in, and let's not forget the wonderful DOF that is soft and allows for the colors of the birds to explode.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-05-27 19:37]

Hi Cahit.
You managed to catch an amazing, impressive scene. All is great. Composition of the shot and POV are brilliant, exposure parameters are spot on, colours and details of all attractive objects and characters are superb too. I also like a reflection the water surface so much. Some blurriness and small waves are looked very nicely. Bravo. Superb job. My congratulations.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-05-29 10:20]

Hello Cahit,
What a superb and well-timed capture of these beautiful Terns. Great focus, sharp details and wonderful light and colours. Excellent work!
Many thanks and regards, lla

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-07 4:15]

Cahit bey bu da mükemmel. elinize sağlık.

What a perfect shot!

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-09-16 12:33]

Hi Cahit,
Very well captured with excellent sharpness and great detail.Striking reds of the legs and beaks.Well done and TFS.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-21 5:22]

Hi Cahit,

This is a special moment. Great timing. A photo with a story. Very sharp and detailed photo. TFS.


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