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Old Aug 2, 2009, 1:24 PM   #1
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Default Recent shots - Terns of Bolsa Chica

Hello everybody. Sorry I haven't posted much in awhile. Got busy with life and kinda burnt out on photography for a bit. My wife and I just had the birth of our 3rd child. Now that things are settling down, I have finally gotten a chance to get back out and shoot. Here are some recent shots.

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Great shots, Hung - Congratulations on the birth and welcome back! I was wondering where you were.
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Congratulations. I missed your posts. Glad to have you back. I love the lighting on shots 6 and 7. They are all really terrific.

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Hey Penolta. Hey Steve. It's good to be shooting and posting again. It's been too long. Thanks for the comments.

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Hi Hung

Wow, wonderful series. Love the lighting in several of them, as Steve already wrote. Also, I really appreciate the angle of the bird's bodies / wings in the photos 2, 4 and 8.

The types of birds you shared here are subtly different, and make a good balanced series. Interesting to see all the different features / proportions, etc. For example I never noticed about the head patterns / colours that photo 2 shows so clearly.

Lovely sharp shots too, by the way.

Congratulations with your 3rd child. May you and your family be blessed.

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Old Aug 3, 2009, 3:50 PM   #6
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Thank you Paul. These were shot at the very end of the day. The sun was setting and there was a nice marine layer coming in from the ocean. That marine layer acted like a nice diffuser for the light. There are different terns photographed in this series. I won't embarrass myself to try to ID them. Perhaps Penolta will lend his expertise? Here in Socal we have Caspian terns, Forsters terns, Elegant terns. Plus there are also juvenile terns in these shots too which look very different from the adults. Thanks for the comments.

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Hi Hung

Wow, wonderful series. Love the lighting in several of them, as Steve already wrote. Also, I really appreciate the angle of the bird's bodies / wings in the photos 2, 4 and 8.

The types of birds you shared here are subtly different, and make a good balanced series. Interesting to see all the different features / proportions, etc. For example I never noticed about the head patterns / colours that photo 2 shows so clearly.

Lovely sharp shots too, by the way.

Congratulations with your 3rd child. May you and your family be blessed.

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With one exception, all the red-billed terns are Elegant Terns, like the one in my avatar. The one exception is in the background left of center in #6 - the one with the white forehead, thicker bill, and white completely surrounding the eye is a Royal Tern. Both of these nest locally, although the Royals here are few in number. The ones carrying fish are feeding young, or offering tokens to their mates to strengthen the pair bond. The strutting birds in #7 are engaged in a ritual display. Those with white foreheads are beginning to lose their breeding plumage. The black-billed ones in #3 and #4 are immature Common Terns which migrate south along the coast from their northern breeding grounds; #5 is a juvenile Least tern, and #8 probably is also.

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Congratulations and welcome back. Beautiful and awesome photos.
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Thank you penolta for the ID's.
Hello Flutelady. Thanks for the welcome back.

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Just out of curiousity... what camera/lens combination are you using to get such fantastic photos?
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