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Time to eat
: Adrian Rusu (roges) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
': Animals
: 2012-06-18
: Birds
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
: 2012-07-16 2:38
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The Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) is a seabird of the tern family Sternidae. This bird has a circumpolar breeding distribution covering the Arctic and sub-Arctic regions of Europe, Asia, and North America (as far south as Brittany and Massachusetts). The species is strongly migratory, seeing two summers each year as it migrates from its northern breeding grounds along a winding route to the oceans around Antarctica and back, a round trip of about 70,900 km (c. 44,300 miles) each year. This is by far the longest regular migration by any known animal. The Arctic Tern flies as well as glides through the air, performing almost all of its tasks in the air. It nests once every one to three years (depending on its mating cycle); once it has finished nesting it takes to the sky for another long southern migration.

Arctic Terns are medium-sized birds. They have a length of 3339 cm (1315 in) and a wingspan of 7685 cm (2630 in). They are mainly grey and white plumaged, with a red beak (as long as the head, straight, with pronounced gonys) and feet, white forehead, a black nape and crown (streaked white), and white cheeks. The grey mantle is 305 mm, and the scapulae are fringed brown, some tipped white. The upper wing is grey with a white leading edge, and the collar is completely white, as is the rump. The deeply forked tail is whitish, with grey outer webs. The hindcrown to the ear-coverts is black.

The Arctic Tern has a worldwide, circumpolar breeding distribution which is continuous; there are no recognized subspecies. It can be found in coastal regions in cooler temperate parts of North America and Eurasia during the northern summer. While wintering during the southern summer, it can be found at sea, reaching the southern edge of the Antarctic ice.

The Arctic Tern is famous for its migration; it flies from its Arctic breeding grounds to the Antarctic and back again each year. This 19,000 km (12,000 mi) journey each way ensures that this bird sees two summers per year and more daylight than any other creature on the planet. One example of this bird's remarkable long-distance flying abilities involves an Arctic Tern ringed as an unfledged chick on the Farne Islands, Northumberland, UK, in the northern summer of 1982, which reached Melbourne, Australia, in October 1982, a sea journey of over 22,000 km (14,000 mi) in just three months from fledging. Another example is that of a chick ringed in Labrador, Canada, on 23 July 1928.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8714] (40568)
  • [2012-07-16 5:32]

Lieber Adrian,
Du bist wieder da :-)! Ein schnes Bild aus dem Norden, interessant auch wie der Vogel seinen Fisch im Schnabel hlt ud eine zweiten auf den Stein gelegt hat(?)
Gute Bildschrfe und schne natrliche Farben.
Mein Julian wird nchte Woche auch in Helsinki sein.
Herzlich grsst

Hello Adrian

Welcome back, long time i did not see from your photos,
excellent close-up photo of the Arctic Tern with his catch,
fine POV at its level, beautiful light, TFS


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-07-16 10:37]

Buna Adrian,
O fotografie foarte frumoasa despre aceasta chira, felicitari!
De mult nu am mai vayut fotografiile pe TN!
Numai bine,

Impressive MF Roges! Colours and lgith exciting. Stunning details. Very well done indeed.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6192 W: 89 N: 15302] (64074)
  • [2012-07-16 16:35]

Hi Adrian,beautiful capture whit the usual great details,colors and light management,excellent composition and interesting specie too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Salut Adrian,
Ai surprins o imagine excelenta cu o specie foarte frumoasa. Detalii Si culori deosebite.
Numai bine!

Bonsoir Adrian,

Je passais par ici et je flicite pour cette merveilleuse capture.
Finesse et nettet avec des tonalits de qualit.
Magnifiques dtails et beau travail d'approche.
Mes compliments.
Ayez une agrable semaine.

Zaradna rybitwe "ustrzeliles". Wspanialy kadr.

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