Tuesday, March 17, 2009

forster's tern

The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council is sponsoring the seventh annual Featherfest in Galveston April 2-5, and as part of the birding festival they're having a weekly photo contest during the four weeks leading up to the event. I've been fortunate enough to win second place in each of the first two weeks. This image of a forster's tern was captured last May at one of my favorite spots for bird photography. It's an image that I had forgotten about until recently while going through my 2008 bird images. These little terns were so fast. They feed like a pelican, diving from high above and plunging into the water to capture fish. They hover for just a split second before they start their descent. It's probably one of the most challenging of all photography I've done -- birds in flight. Yet, it's also one of the most rewarding when you manage to catch a frame right at the peak of action. This is one of my entries for the final week of the competiton.


  1. Nice job Steve. I predict a move up in the standings for this week. Very gracefull and simple but powerfull shot.

  2. I have recently tried some birds in flight shots and have to agree with you. It's almost impossible if you don't use all available fps you can get out of your camera.

    Nice shot without blowing out any highlights in the feathers.

  3. So this is a tern...I probably thought it was a kind of seagull if I have ever seen one. I like the position of the wings and the placement of the bird in the frame with all the negative space.


  4. Terrific photo Steve!

    I really like the position you captured the bird in; very dynamic and interesting! I also really like your composition with lots of negative space for the bird to fly around in!

    Well done!