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By billma
Spent nine hours sharing a photography blind with a bunch of hornets on Sunday.

This bird was taking advantage of the wind by flying into it and becoming suspended in the air as it watched below for fish. A second after this was taken the Tern folded its wings and dove, from a height of 35 feet, into the water to catch a fish and fly away with dinner. Quite an amazing thing to watch.

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: gajj, takui neko, magda_indigo and 17 more

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bigredtim 17 1 Australia
4 May 2004 1:15PM
I like how the feathers are splayed.
Nice photo.

moggo 17 46
4 May 2004 2:24PM
Good shot ... worth braving the hornets. A certain click.
brian1208 18 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
4 May 2004 4:02PM
I thought for a minute you had cracked up and imagined you had photographed a hornet Smile

Then I read further and realised you were OK and had just got a brilliant picture of a Tern. This is really lovely Bill, sharp. well lit and beautifully photographed. As you say, anyone who hasn't tried it doesn't appreciate what is involved in a shot like this - but HORNETS, strewth!

(did you get the other shot of the bird with its fish? Smile


Denise 19 279
4 May 2004 4:22PM
Lovely shot.
KathyW 17 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
4 May 2004 7:16PM
Excellent shot, very sharp with great lighting. Well caught.
daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
4 May 2004 8:51PM
A nicely detailed shot Bill.Click.

ronr 17 3 United Kingdom
4 May 2004 9:08PM
Great shot, like it.
vfr400 19 886
4 May 2004 9:27PM
Great shot, I love the light shining through the feathers.
Mari 17 1.8k United Kingdom
4 May 2004 9:36PM
Beautiful shot. These are one of my favourite birds - so graceful and such a lovely shape with their wings outstretched.

You have captured it brilliantly.

Big click

Terry L 17 609 5 England
4 May 2004 9:44PM
Excellent shot Bill, sharp and well exposed.

gajj 17 32
5 May 2004 1:57AM
Love the feet against the feathers! What a shot this is...another excellent photo to add to your portfolio.
kit-monster 17 3.7k 2 Singapore
5 May 2004 6:41AM
A beautiful and delicate shot of one of my favourite birds. They are amazing to watch.

Well done,

Greyheron 19 282 7 England
5 May 2004 10:04AM
A very elegant image of a superb bird Bill. Sounds like you had a buzz out of the day in more than one way ;o)

IanA 17 3.0k 12 England
5 May 2004 12:52PM
Nice one Bill.

Ian (clicked)
JohnRShort 17 25 United Kingdom
5 May 2004 7:09PM
My tern to return the compliment. Has to be said I prefer your tern maybe my turn next time
magda_indigo 17 418 England
6 May 2004 11:44PM
Although not exactly my type of photography, I do admire this and think it is stunning, click (*:*)
Gary_Williams 17 38 3 United Kingdom
7 May 2004 7:54PM
Well shot, great detail.
geegee 17 29 England
11 May 2004 6:58AM
Just superb!


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