Tuesday, November 1, 2011

World Bird Wednesday - Turn of a Tern


Sorry guys 'n gals, my camera is on the blink so I draw on a
few shots from times gone by.

On one of my trips to Goolwa, near where the Murray finally
makes it's way to the sea if the mouth is not silted up in a drought.


In the dark and decidedly threatening sky I spied an Arctic Tern,
Sterna paradisaea.
Yep, that speck in the sky is, da da!!! an Arctic Tern believe it
or not . . .


with a little iPhoto enhancement, I was even able to identify
this graceful conglomerate of feathers.


I just loved that swallow tail in the above shot and the splayed
tail at the turn below.


and the wings held high like a Cessna with it's wheels tucked up.


PS this was a lifer for me and I wondered what an Arctic Tern was doing
so close to the Antarctic.

Enjoy the many birds at World BIrd Wednesday and thanks to Springman
at Pine River Review, we can all join in.

34 comments:

  1. These are excellent shots. Hope your camera gets better soon.

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  2. wonderful photos, whether you took them today or long ago, they are fab to see! xo

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  3. Beautiful captures regardless of when they were taken, Arija! Breathtaking! Hope your week is going well!

    Sylvia

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  4. Hi there - splendid bird! Oh the joys of digital cameras!

    SM

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  5. Beautiful photos of the Arctic Tern - one Tern that I haven't seen.

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  6. we have terns here, they didn't migrate from Australia did they?

    The gannets are here. They do come from Oz.

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  7. Congrats, a wonderful lifer, Arija! The Artic Tern is a beautiful bird and I love the tail feathers, very pretty.

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  8. They are such graceful birds. I have never seen them in real life, but I always enjoy seeing them in nature documentaries.

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  9. Beautifully taken photos from this elegant looking bird, Arija.

    Warm greetings
    Leena

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  10. oh lovely photos .. thanks for sharing here

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  11. Wonderful bird captures Arija. The Arctic tern is a beautiful streamlined bird, must have been a delight to see it so close.

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  12. Oh wow,these pictures are fantastic. Hope your days are filled with peace.

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  13. excellent photos. living close to the alantic ocean, i LOVE seashore birds!!

    and i especially love your header picture, that's wonderful!!

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  14. Awesome shots! Beautiful reflections on top.

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  15. Beautiful scene shot, and the tern is great. How is spring coming? Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  16. Stunning clear shots of that tern in flight!

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  17. so neat! enjoyed your commentary as much as your gorgeous photos! sorry your camera is in need of repair!

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  18. Wonderful shots of your Arctic tern Arija, and I love your descriptions. "Cessna with it's wheels tucked up"
    Priceless! You are on your A game!

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  19. Great photos of a great little bird. They are the undisputed kings of migration making a regular commute between up here (UK) near the arctic, down to the southern hemisphere for your summer. If you happen to disturb them on their breeding grounds you'll find that they are feisty little creatures; they'll dive bomb you and can draw blood - best to wear a hat!

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  20. Arija, wonderful shots of the artic tern,a bird tern I have not seen! How funny that we both posted about terns! the arctic tern is our longest migrant, migrating from pole to pole! What amazing flyers they are!

    BTW, I too love your header shot and I hope you get your camera fixed soon. It's a bit like having your arms chopped off or your eyes plucked out to be without it, isn't it?

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  21. Wonderful photos!I love especially the last one!

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  22. They really are amazing birds to see... Take good care of them then sens them back to us next spring...

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  23. These photos make me feel like I'm soaring. Wonderful shots!

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  24. these are great shots - love the last one

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  25. Those are great shots, the bird has such a beautiful shape.

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  26. Love your shots of the Swallow-tail!

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  27. I've never seen an Artic tern, and you have given me the chance. Thanks Arija.
    B.

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  28. Such a lovely bird -- really nice pose in that last frame too!

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  29. That last shot is just fantastic! Awesome job!

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  30. beautiful shots of the tern. Well done, I know how hard that is. And congrats to another lifer.

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