Wildlife Photography from the Midwest USA

Terns Taking Turns

Sea gulls are around all year long, but sometimes we have Common Terns as well. One cool thing to see is when they turn into a feathery bullet, aim straight down toward the water, and dive for fish at high speed.

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They’re smaller and more streamlined than the ordinary gull and their black caps with orange trim is a nice design touch. I like to watch as they fly off and back to the breakwater construction to find a better seat to hang out in.

Direct sunlight is a bit harsh when photographing the terns, but a hazy bright or overcast day works out quite nicely. Add a few gentle waves and Summer breeze. All of a sudden, you’ve got a really good time right in front of you.

Terns on the Breakwater

3 responses

  1. Love the birds! What expo did you use for it? (:

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    September 16, 2014 at 9:46 am

    • Thanks! ISO 800, 1/800th sec, f6.3, 400mm. Looks like normal exposure though I usually have to go a little underexposed for the white birds.

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      September 16, 2014 at 9:55 am

      • Yeah that’s pretty short, but due to that, the movement can be caught perfectly. I can totally understand your need to underexpose it due to the white birds.

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        September 16, 2014 at 9:59 am

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