Whenever I watch terns in flight I’m struck by their grace, beauty and incredible maneuverability as they cruise over the water surface hunting for small fish. Their agility in the air, their black and white colors (which make for a difficult exposure) and the black on black eye which means it’s very difficult to get a catch light – all make them a daunting flight subject for the photographer. But even if you don’t get the shot you’re after you’ve still had the pleasure of watching these masters of flight perform their aerial magic.
1/3200, f/6.3, ISO 500, 500 f/4, 1.4 tc, natural light
Yesterday morning I found several Forster’s Terns fishing a pond at Farmington Bay and couldn’t resist attempting a few shots. Out of 68 images this is the only one I’ll keep. I liked the raised left wing, the flared and angled tail, the color gradient in the watery background and that hard to get catch light.
Perhaps one day I’ll catch one coming out of the water with a fish. I have one shot like that but naturally I clipped a wing…