Arctic Tern BIFs

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Spring breeding is in full swing. The terns at the local bird sanctuary are sitting on eggs and there are plenty of them. They will get hyperactive once the eggs hatch and they have hungry mouths to feed. In the mean time one just has to be a little more patient to get shots.

These are all shot with D800E/500mm VR. For the most part I've been stopping on the way to work in the mornings trying for backlit shots.

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4. This guy is having an identity crisis, thinks he's a skimmer.
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5. No backlighting on this one. These two grabbed each other by the beak and spiralled around.
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6. My personal fave.
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Superb shots, maybe the hardest BIF there is to shoot

#5 is off the charts amazing
 
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Great shots!!!! Love 5 and 6.
 
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Thanks for the comments, folks. They are a trick to shoot but I have the opportunity to practice a bit as these are shot in there nesting area so they hang out all day :smile:
 

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Excellent set, Dan! Agreed...#5 is simply awesome!
 
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Beautiful set. That's some fast moving targets! I hope #5 makes it on your wall of fame.

Ed
 

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