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Old Jul 27, 2009, 4:45 AM   #1
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Default Caspian Terns -- some competition (3 imgs)

Hi All,

These were taken from a long distance -- I'm saying between 100-150 ft, maybe more. . . I cropped them to 5x7 to about 2400 on the long side for the first one, @ 2800 for the second and a bit over 3000 for the third. They were towards the end of a 20 shot continuous series shot with the K7, FA*300/4.5, using AF C, multipoint AF mode, Auto ISO 250-1600 and handheld.

Tern #1 adjusts its hold on the fish it just caught by tossing it and re-catching it.
ISO 500, 1/800 just cropped, resized and sharpened a touch


Tern #2 , after seeing the catch, thinks that #1 doesn't deserve such a fine fish, and approaches.
ISO 250, 1/2000 brought up the brightness and contrast, cropped, resized, and sharpened a touch.


Tern #2 shows a lot of piloting skill, coming close, but no cigar. . .#1 seems to be looking back and saying "Sorry . . .sucker!" Just before it banks suddenly and loses the pursuit.
Same exposure as the second shot.


#1 flew off to enjoy it's meal alone. #2 returned to a couple of their pals on the shore. They seemed to enjoy trying to steal each other's catches, as I've seen this a couple of times in the past few days.

There were a lot of useable shots in the series, but these were the coolest by far. . .

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You're right. These are cool. And, I'm assuming hand-held. Wow!

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Wonderful series!
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The symmetry of the birds in #3 is classic. Good catch.

One more example of the kleptoparasitism that terns and gulls are famous for.
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The symmetry of the birds in #3 is classic. Good catch.

One more example of the kleptoparasitism that terns and gulls are famous for.
Pen, you know better than to use words with more than two syllables!
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Scott, it's shots like these that make me want to get the K7!
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You're right. These are cool. And, I'm assuming hand-held. Wow!
Hi Patty,

Thanks!
They would have been better if the birds were closer, but then I might not have been quick enough to get the whole series. Yes these were handheld.

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Wonderful series!
Hi Harriet,

Thanks!
These were from one of the lesser series that I shot that day, but were probably the most interesting.

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The symmetry of the birds in #3 is classic. Good catch.

One more example of the kleptoparasitism that terns and gulls are famous for.
Hi penolta,

Thanks!
Machinegunning is usually not my style, but it paid off here. #1 and #3 were a complete surprise when I first looked at them on my monitor. I'd like to think that I could have gotten the shots anyway, but probably not -- I'm just not that fast to react.

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Hi GW,

At least you didn't object to the blatant anthropomorphism shown by my having #1 mock #2 in the last shot. . .

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Scott, it's shots like these that make me want to get the K7!
Hi again,

Thanks!
Actually, the K20 would have been very capable of getting these shots. It's really not that different in AF C performance when the birds are relatively distant, and you have time to acquire focus on the subject. Doesn't mean that you shouldn't be looking to get one tho. . .

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Well done, No.3 is great, I didn't know you had synchronized birds over there.

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Scott, you know what they say, one good "tern" deserves another. LOL These shots are quite enjoyable to see. You did a nice job capturing them, and the action is wonderful!

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Great series, great story - and so well captured. I agree that #3 is the most amazing of all!
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