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Fairy Tern

Fairy Tern (Image ID 44666)
Photographed byJim Schultz on Tue 25th Feb, 2020 and uploaded on Tue 9th Feb, 2021 .
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ID44666
CommentThis juvenile Fairy Tern has just had a small fish passed over from a parent bird, which immediately flew off again and left the youngster to figure out for itself how to handle the morsel. It took quite a while for the novice to get the fish turned in order to enable it to swallow it head first. IUCN (2018) lists this tern as 'Vulnerable', whereas authorities of Australia have it listed as 'Secure' in Western Australia. Time of capture 06:16
EquipmentOlympus OM-D E-M1X camera body with Olympus 300mm f4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens (equates to 600mm focal length in 35mm terms) Camera rig Support: Velbon Neo Carmagne Carbon Tripod with Manfrotto Ball Head Art 498RC2 Camera settings: Exposure Program/Shooting Mode: ‘Manual’; shutter speed 1/320 sec, f4 & ISO-320. ‘Continuous AF’; Metering Mode: ‘CenterWeightedAverage’ Olympus Workspace for metadata; FastStone for viewing & sorting; Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw/CC 2020 Tif conversion, general post-processing incl. removal of slight halos; Topaz Pro plug-in DeNoise for blanket sharpening and noise control. ‘Australian Bird Guide 2019’ for distribution confirmation and colour checks
LocationWoodman Point, Western Australia
Keywordsjuvenile, feeding/with prey
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