Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)

by Bob Chappell May. 29, 2021 172 views
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), RSPB MInsmere, July 2015

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo), RSPB MInsmere, July 2015

Terns must be one of the more challenging birds to photograph in flight but I think one of the most rewarding. They generally fly fast, often straight, then change direction dramatically and skillfully. I've also seen them in mid-air disputes with other birds. Yet, if you can get a good shot, they're elegant and beautiful.

I took this shot a few years ago at RSPB Minsmere, from the platform along the sea front. It was hovering over a channel looking for sand eels. I was lucky enough to have good light and the bird hovering long enough for me to get a burst of shots.

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Fernando Bourgon 3 months, 2 weeks ago

The most beautiful and difficult thing about photographing birds is to do it in flight. The birds of prey is somewhat simpler since they plan a lot, but when you have a focused raptor that comes to you planned, when you want to realize it, it has already gone out of focus. I know from experience. Great picture.+1

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Tsao T-F 3 months, 3 weeks ago

A wonderful moment!+1

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Adrian Morris 3 months, 3 weeks ago

Nice shot.

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