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Arctic Tern - Sterna paradisaea by David Lewins

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This will be the last of the Tern images, most enjoyable going to the Farne Islands and for once concentrating on something other than Puffins! LOL

With its long tail streamers and general shape the Arctic tern deserves the local name of ‘sea swallow’. Appearing white with a black cap, it is largely coastal although it can be seen inland on migration. It depends on a healthy marine environment and some colonies have been affected by fish shortages. Arctic terns are the ultimate long distance migrants – summer visitors to the UK and winter visitors to the Antarctic.

Generally breeds along the coastline in open areas with sand or shingle, or on moorland/coastal heath. They are extremely vulnerable to predation, especially by ground predators, and in some areas are forced to nest on small islands which are free from mammals such as rats and mink. In Shetland some extensive colonies are inland on heath, rough pasture, sedge grassland or islets in lochs.

Spends the winter entirely at sea, resting on floating objects and reaching south to the Antarctic pack ice.

EOS 20D Sigma 50-500mm @ 430mm UPDATED 16/06/10


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  • Aggpup
    Aggpupabout 4 years ago

    Another really sharp shot, made me look at the Sigma :)

  • Thanks very much David, Sigma is a good lens, little on the heavy side but you do get used to it.

    – David Lewins

  • Mark Robson
    Mark Robsonabout 4 years ago

    Superb capture David… i love this lens :))

  • Thanks very much Mark, it’s a good lens Mark and has served me well of the past years.

    – David Lewins

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 4 years ago

    Wonderful crisp and clear shot, great work David!

  • Thank you very much for the kind words and support Konstantinos, much appreciated as always.

    – David Lewins

  • Martin Smart
    Martin Smartabout 4 years ago

    Wow, gorgeous shot David, exposure and focus are top notch and I love the bokeh!

  • Thank you very much for your kind comment Martin, pleased you like the image…this could become one of my own favorites!

    – David Lewins

  • Monte Morton
    Monte Mortonabout 4 years ago

    Stunning image David, well captured!

  • Thank you very much for your comment Monte, appreciated as always.

    – David Lewins

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic, up close and personal :o) Love the bold colouring of this guy/lady and the way it contrasts with the background. Another stunning shot Birdman ;o)

  • Thanks very much Zoe, happy with the way this one came out.

    – David Lewins

  • Phoxford
    Phoxfordabout 4 years ago

    Very nice David; as usual :-)

  • Thanks for the support David, appreciated as always.

    – David Lewins

  • Jan Fijolek
    Jan Fijolekabout 4 years ago

    Love the sharpness and dof David, very nice capture!

  • Thanks for the kind words Jan, much appreciate your support.

    – David Lewins

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökabout 4 years ago

    Great work, David!

  • Thank you very much Béla, always appreciate your comments.

    – David Lewins

  • ilpo laurila
    ilpo laurilaabout 4 years ago

    Awesome image David.

  • Thank you very much for the kind words, appreciated

    – David Lewins

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