Common Tern, Sterna hirundo by David Lewins
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Common Tern, Sterna hirundo by 


These delightful silvery-grey and white birds have long tails which have earned them the nickname ‘sea-swallow’. They have a buoyant, graceful flight and frequently hover over water before plunging down for a fish. They are often noisy in company and breed in colonies.

Breeds along coasts with shingle beaches and rocky islands, on rivers with shingle bars, and at inland gravel pits and reservoirs, feeding along rivers and over freshwater. Migrating birds can be seen offshore in autumn.

EOS 20D, Sigma 50-500mm @ 500mm

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  • Aggpup
    Aggpupalmost 5 years ago

    Another cracking shot from distance, love the Bokeh
    David

  • Thanks you David, would have been nice to get closer to it but lots of birds nesting in the undergrowth.

    – David Lewins

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonalmost 5 years ago

    What a cool looking bird David, very nice!

  • Thank you very much Monte, much appreciated.

    – David Lewins

  • JohnPeel
    JohnPeelalmost 5 years ago

    Nothing common about this tern, David: a lovely portrait.

  • Thanks very much John, certainly happy with the way it turned out.

    – David Lewins

  • Akkra
    Akkraalmost 5 years ago

    Gorgeous colours and composition and not a bad looking tweety either! ;D Fabulous shot David.

  • Pleased you like it Zoe, it’s the angles which attracted me when I framed it in the camera.

    – David Lewins

  • Blackgull
    Blackgullalmost 5 years ago

    You are so good at this David. Great series.

  • Makes a pleasant change from landscape Jim! ;-) Thanks for the comment.

    – David Lewins

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartalmost 5 years ago

    Very nice shot David, stands out so well against the natural green background!

  • Cheers Martin, pleased that you approve! ;-)

    – David Lewins

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 5 years ago

    June 24, 2010

  • Thank you every so much for the Feature Teresa, very much appreciated as always.

    – David Lewins

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 5 years ago

    You’re so very welcome David

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