Common Terns In Flight and The Beauty Thereof

Discussion in 'Birds' started by jfenton, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. jfenton

    jfenton

    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    I've been blessed with the opportunity to both observe and capture images of various shorebirds at Plymouth Long Beach in Plymouth Massachusetts both at the tail end of last summer and now this year as well.

    This past weekend, my wife and I arrived on Friday afternoon.

    As I walked out onto the beach I realized that it was empty and from 4:00PM until the sun went down, I saw a grand total of four other humans in the mile long stretch of beach I was shooting. This was due in part to the astronomically high tide which precluded folks from driving on the beach (much of which is now closed thankfully due to piping plover and tern chicks hatching) and also due to the of course infallible weather persons who had called for showers and thunderstorms...yet there wasn't a single cloud in the sky.

    As I walked up the beach, checking for nesting plovers and least terns, the winds suddenly shifted and turned in from the east. Realizing that this would provide perfect conditions for the common terns flying into the roost on the north end of the island, I quickened my steps towards them.

    There were hundreds of common terns aloft...flying to and from the rookery with sand eels for their mates, flying directly at my head...stopping mere feet above and in front of me screeching loudly in an effort to drive me away from their end of the beach.

    There area lot of images here for you to peruse and the first set is from Friday afternoon..beginning while the sun was still rather high and ending as it was just about to slide below the horizon:

    Hovering over nesting sites.....

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    Landing in the Dunes....

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    As the golden light grew longer.....

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    The next morning the winds had shifted and my attentions were directed towards piping plovers and least terns.....but I still couldn't help but shoot a few more of these beautiful common terns in quite different lighting....it's interesting how the color of the sky changes with the different angles....

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    In flight with prey.....

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    In the dunes later in the day, calling to protect it's nesting territory...

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  2. Tim O

    Tim O

    Jun 11, 2006
    Illinois
    Jim another outstanding series,they all are stunning photos thanks so much for sharing them with us
     
  3. sonuj2

    sonuj2

    May 11, 2006
    Naperville, IL
    Outstanding set Jim!!!! What equipment did you use to capture these splendid images??? Composition, exposure, sharpness, timing are spot-on. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. They are a beautiful bird being; fun to watch and, a challenge to photograph properly.. very well done.
     
  5. jfenton

    jfenton

    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Hello Shehkar

    D2Xs, 500 AGSII with no TC this time as the focus ability with white birds in a blue sky s*cks...until you take the TC off :)
     
  6. They are beautiful, as always! I just love those blue blue skies!! :smile:
     
  7. Wow!!!!

    Beautiful beautiful set. Nothing can be better.
     
  8. If I ever get the chance to meet you, I'll gladly shake your hand in the hopes of some of your incredible photography will rub off on me!!
    Incredibly beautiful series Jim!
     
  9. Commodorefirst

    Commodorefirst Admin/Moderator Administrator

    May 1, 2005
    Missouri
    you were right Jim, an outstanding series.....

    Wade
     
  10. Schnauzermom

    Schnauzermom

    Apr 13, 2007
    Michigan
    :eek: Amazing....
     
  11. What an outstanding series Jim!! Every ons is the winner but the one withthe fish in the mouth is priceless!!!
     
  12. Gale

    Gale

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    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Tom I have even hugged him. Trust me, you will learn alot.

    BUT ----THIS IS HARD WORK DAY IN AND DAY OUT...PRACTICE AND PATIENCE TILL YOU THINK YOU WILL DROP.

    That is how Jim does this fabulous work.

    Wonderful again Jim
    Thank you for sharing.
     
  13. DNAsiRNA

    DNAsiRNA

    139
    Nov 27, 2006
    Dallas, USA
    Very beautiful catches!! Fabulous moments.
     
  14. jfenton

    jfenton

    Jan 26, 2005
    Haverhill, MA
    Thanks Folks...And Gale

    I was the one who benefitted most from the hug my dear ;)
     
  15. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    :>))))))))))))))))))))
     
  16. eng45ine

    eng45ine

    May 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Stunning!
     
  17. Flew

    Flew

    994
    Jan 25, 2005
    Alabama
    Beautious shots Jim. :smile:
     
  18. keirin

    keirin

    Dec 31, 2005
    Another astonishing series from you.
     
  19. Great shots Jim. I especially like 4 with the grass in front of the bird. Hey, why didn't the focus shift to the grass? :wink:
     
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