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Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern
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Copyright: Sion Roberts (irishprophet25) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 21 N: 280] (1118)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Sigma 150-500mm f/5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/4000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-09 23:48
Viewed: 3620
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello everyone,
Another photo from me today. I was out at Cemlyn bay after hearing about the tern colony that lived there. They were constantly flying over head so I decided to try some in flight photography. It was quite difficult getting the panning speed right, although not as hard as with the swallows I tried later :). This photo came out best so I thought I would share it with you all. Thanks for looking and I hope you like it.

Latin name
Sterna sandvicensis

Terns (Sternidae)

The Sandwich tern is a very white tern, with a black cap on its head, a long black bill with a yellow tip and short black legs. In flight it shows grey wedges on its wings tips and it has a short forked tail. In the UK, many of the important colonies survive because they are on nature reserves.

Where to see them
There are colonies of Sandwich terns scattered around the UK coasts including the North Norfolk coast;
Minsmere, Suffolk; and Dungeness, Kent.

When to see them
From late March to September.

What they eat
Fish such as sandeels, sprats and whiting.

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Good details Sion, I like the monochromatic look, and the low key exposure works well for this.
TFS :)

Hi Sion,

This is super sharp, even the prey fish is nicely frozen by your shutter speed. The silvery color of the tern contrasts well with the almost same coloured sky.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-08-10 16:07]

Hi Sion,

A very nice capture of this Sandwich Tern in flight. I love the position of the wings. The fish in his beak is duplicating that pose. Nice details and colors which are very attractive against the grey sky. You froze him in flight beautifully.


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  • Aleks Silver Star Critiquer [C: 31 W: 0 N: 14] (14)
  • [2010-08-10 16:15]

Hi Sion,

Superb photo, just superb!I love it.



hello Sion

this is a excellent in-flight shot of the Sandwich tern
with his fish catch, very fine POV and framing,
superb focus great sharpness and details,
the photo and background being darker it gives
a very beautiful atmosphere effect photo, TFS


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2010-08-12 6:06]

Hi Sion,
a dynamic pose you caught here, with the wings in the downward position. Also the fish in the mouth is a nice behavioural element too, the focus is great. In flight shots of birds, especially fast moving Terns are not easy - well done!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-08-21 12:26]

Hi Sion. I would be pleased to have taken this inflight picture of the Tern with its fish. Captured just right with the wing down all with good focusing. well taken TFS.

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