Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay - Arctic Tern by Leslie van de Ligt

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This gorgeous Tern was seemingly intent on posing for me. He sat patiently while I adjusted the camera and took smalls steps in his direction until I was content to take my Shot. He is a beauty. Him posing with the rusty old anchor was a bonus. Unfortunately I had no fish to reward him with.

Open Hall, Newfoundland, Canada
Canon XSI Sigma 18-200 mm

Arctic Terns

Arctic Terns are medium-sized birds, with a length of 33-39 centimetres (13-15 in) and a wingspan of 76-85 cm (26-30 in). They are mainly grey and white plumaged, with a red beak (as long as the head, straight, with pronounced gonys) and feet, white forehead, a black nape (lower back of the neck) and crown (streaked white) , and white cheeks. The gray mantle (back) is 305 mm, and the scapulars (shoulder feathers) are fringed brown, some tipped white. The upper wing is gray with a white leading edge, and the collar is completely white, as is the rump. The deeply forked tail is whitish, with grey outer webs. The hindcrown to the ear-coverts is back.

The Arctic Tern is K-selected, caring for and aggressively defending a small number of young. Parents feed them fish for a considerable time, and help them fly south to winter.

Arctic Terns are long-lived birds, with many reaching twenty years of age. They eat mainly fish and small marine invertebrates (= animals without internal skeleton). The species is abundant, with an estimated one million individuals. While the trend in the number of individuals in the species as a whole is not known, exploitation in the past has reduced this bird’s numbers in the southern reaches of its range.

The Arctic Tern is famous for its migration; it flies from its Arctic breeding grounds to the Antarctic and back again each year. This 19,000 km (12,000 mi) journey ensures that this bird sees two summers per year and more daylight than any other creature on the planet. The average Arctic Tern in its life will travel a distance equal to going to the moon and back.4 One example of this bird’s remarkable long-distance flying abilities involves an Arctic Tern ringed as an unfledged chick on the Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK in summer 1982, which reached Melbourne, Australia in October 1982, a sea journey of over 22,000 km (14,000 mi) in just three months from fledging. Another example is that of a chick ringed in Labrador on 23 July 1928. It was found in South Africa four months later.


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I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic capture……..wonderful writing to go with this Leslie : )

  • Many Thanks Sean I appreciate your comment :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot Leslie dear with very interesting write up. How are you doing hon?

  • Thanks so much Teresa. The flu is finally starting to let up and I’m starting to feel more human again. It’s been a really long week and a bit. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • nastruck
    nastruckabout 4 years ago

    Looks like he must have been standing there for a while huh???? LOL

  • Chuckle! Now what would make you say that. Or it could have been from the 50 seagulls all about from when the fishing boat came in. A messy situation for sure :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 4 years ago

    very good capture

  • So appreciate your comment Antanas. Thank you.:>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture!! Love the contrast of colors!!! Well done!!!

  • Many thanks for your comments Deborah. I apologise for the lateness of this reply. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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