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July 17, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

‘Terned’ out nice again

Common Tern

We are fortunate to be visited by many terns at this time of year. I love their acrobatics and elegance. I hope to capture a good shot of them diving one day. So far I have a collection of blurred images, due to the speed of the dive. I captured this shot as the bird seemed to be distracted by a sound in the distance. It appears to have its head cocked to one side, listening.



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  1. rubytheblacklabrador / Jul 18 2013 2:21 am

    Lovely shot and I especially like the shade and texture of the water – very calming 🙂

  2. amithi / Jul 18 2013 6:15 am

    Good luck. I’ve been trying the same with barn swallows and housemartins for weeks, my results are no different. 😀

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 18 2013 8:07 am

      I think that’s even more of a challenge. I have tried swifts, martins and swallows and there’s no chance. Maybe one day I’ll get very lucky.

      • amithi / Jul 18 2013 9:28 am

        That’s the beauty of digital photography. Try and try again until you get the result. After all it’s ust a matter of timing, right? 😉

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 18 2013 9:47 am

        Absolutely. And I am always willing to get out with the camera.

  3. Gallivanta / Jul 18 2013 10:53 am

    Perhaps it was terning its head to listen to the click of your camera!

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 18 2013 1:07 pm

      Not sure what it was but it’s attention was definitely elsewhere., which made it possible for me to get a decent shot.

  4. Alison Jobling / Jul 19 2013 2:23 am

    I’m with rudytheblacklabrador – the shade and texture of the water behind/below the tern make it so tranquil, somehow. And I’ve got a soft spot for terns, for some reason.

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 19 2013 8:01 am

      It was a very hot, still day and very tranquil as you say. I too have a fascination with terns. They are beautiful elegant and yet strong and powerful, making a journey of thousands of miles.

      • Alison Jobling / Jul 22 2013 1:11 am

        Yes, there’s something about those large seabirds that makes us think of far away places and exotic tales (as well as the loneliness of the open ocean and the strength and stamina it takes to cross it).

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 22 2013 8:30 am

        They seem so fragile to undertake such a massive journey. Incredible.

      • Alison Jobling / Jul 24 2013 12:33 am

        And we think it’s a long way down the road to the shop…;-)

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Jul 24 2013 8:26 am

        Yes, an incredible journey they make.

  5. godspoetbychoice / Jul 21 2013 4:56 am

    Loved this shot!

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