Inca Tern by Erik Anderson

Canon 7D
Canon 300mm f/2.8L IS
Canon 1.4 Extender II
Canon 430 EX Flash

@ ISO 250, f/5.6, Aperature Priority, Evaluative Metering, +/- 0, handheld, 420mm

Flash @ ETTL, -1 and two thirds.

Was Featured in:
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“Live, Love, Dream”
“The Beauty of Nature”
“Newfangled, Nonedited Photography”
“Quality Unlimited Photography”
“Closeups in Nature”
“All Things in the Natural World”
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Located in Chile and Peru.

241 Views as of July 11, 2010

Favored 19 times.


The Inca Tern, Larosterna inca, is a seabird in the family Sternidae. It is the only member of the genus Larosterna.

This uniquely-plumaged bird breeds on the coasts of Peru and Chile, and is restricted to the Humboldt current. It can be identified by its dark grey body, white moustache on the both sides of its head, and red-orange beak and feet.

The Inca Tern breeds on rocky cliffs. It nests in a hollow or burrow or sometimes the old nest of a Humboldt Penguin, and lays one or two eggs. The eggs are incubated for about 4 weeks, and the chicks leave the nest after 7 weeks.

This is a large tern, 41cm long. Sexes are similar; the adult is mostly slate-grey with white restricted to the facial plumes and the trailing edges of the wings. The large bill and legs are dark red. Immature birds are purple-brown, and gradually develop the facial plumes.

The Inca Tern feeds by plunge diving for fish like a Sterna tern. Its call is a cat-like mew.


  • Dave & Trena Puckett
    Dave & Trena P...almost 5 years ago

    so beautiful! I have never seen anything like it! great capture!

  • It’s located in Chile……. And thank you, it is a beautiful bird :]

    – Erik Anderson

  • solareclips~Julie  Alexander
    solareclips~Ju...almost 5 years ago

    Perfect capture, so crisp and clear! I have never seen this type of Tern before, it is really lovely!

  • starikarp
    starikarpalmost 5 years ago

    excellent shot!

  • Ohh thank you! Tis a beautiful bird!

    – Erik Anderson

  • Yhun Suarez
    Yhun Suarezalmost 5 years ago

    great shot …what an interesting bird :)

  • Thank you! :]

    – Erik Anderson

  • Janika
    Janikaalmost 5 years ago

    What a colorful bird, Never seen one till today, thanks.

  • Your welcome! Such a beautiful bird :]

    – Erik Anderson

  • Maryann3
    Maryann3almost 5 years ago

    Great shot. He is a stunner!

  • JoyceIone
    JoyceIonealmost 5 years ago

    “Excellent! Thank you for submitting your work to the Art & Collectables Sales Group. ":
    Thank you for sharing with the rest of the world!

  • Susan Vinson
    Susan Vinsonalmost 5 years ago

    Congratulations on a well deserved feature! This is a beautiful bird!

  • Thank you! :]

    – Erik Anderson

  • vesa50
    vesa50almost 5 years ago

    Very cute

  • Absolutly, just a beautiful creature.

    – Erik Anderson

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaalmost 5 years ago

  • Cool!

    – Erik Anderson

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