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tern defending young

these terns up on Farne are very uptight and peck at visitors getting too close to the young, this was taken with a wide angle 12-24 mm at 12mm , i could feel its breath, and certainly they shower excretion all over, it made my lens look white like a canon. thank heavens for poundland lens wipes. Wink
he was backlit by a fierce sun causing me to squint so it was a question of standing ground and firing, i was wearing a cap, and depending on the camera body to protect my face.
f10, 1/750, 250asa, raw, hand held.

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

Voters: chunky1972, clintnewsham, skewey and 83 more

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chunky1972 9 2 1 Northern Ireland
9 Aug 2009 7:48PM
Love the lighting and the close up shot well caught.

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martin.w 16 519 22 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2009 7:55PM
Brilliant work Phil, maybe even better than the last one Smile
fatherpie 9 18 12 England
9 Aug 2009 7:55PM
Great shot - even more so given the fact you were under attack too! Happened to me on Farne in June ... quite hairy!
Suehh 11 39 6 England
9 Aug 2009 7:58PM
Ab Fab !

Wilmot 9 338 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2009 7:58PM
Great shot
BillyGoatGruff 11 191 199 England
9 Aug 2009 8:06PM
Incredible shot, Phil!!!!!
Just wow!

cassiecat 9 39 46 England
9 Aug 2009 8:21PM
love it.lesley
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2009 8:24PM
thanks for that Martin,
thanks also Ricky, Dave, Susan, Steve and Bill.
Steve_S Plus
12 181 3 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2009 8:36PM
Excellent capture Phil, very brave!
shandoor 9 1 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2009 8:39PM
Oh wow absolutely superb wow wonderful lighting and detail BEAUTIFUL
GrahamNobles 10 9 4 England
9 Aug 2009 8:42PM
That's an absolute stunner, Phil. Well done!
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2009 8:43PM
Thanks, Steve, Alexa and Graham.
A fantastic shot beautiful colours.
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
9 Aug 2009 8:51PM
Great capture even if it was a messy job - so close to you too.
hellsbells8868 9 151 2 Wales
9 Aug 2009 10:01PM
Wow...thats a cracking image.
mitchy81 9 1 18 England
9 Aug 2009 10:39PM
Lovely Shot and well deserved RC!
alansdottir 9 60 7 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2009 10:49PM
Is it just me, or does he look as if he's wearing shades...? Cracking capture, Phil, amazing! Carol
ChristopherG 11 53 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2009 11:13PM
that's a pretty special shot- great capture.
User_Removed 11 11 11 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2009 11:36PM
Love the perspective and the angle Phil!

Chris C
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
10 Aug 2009 3:00AM
Beautiful shot. great angle and detail.........Sandy
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2009 8:27AM
thanks again everyone and thanks to Pete for the HC much appreciated.
Ray42 10 3 England
10 Aug 2009 11:25AM
Not an easy shot to take - great shot
10 Aug 2009 4:13PM
fantastic in.flight
martinl 14 269 2 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2009 4:52PM
super shot Phil, even more so as with the W/A lens. Deserves the HC.
andy_AHG 9 106 6 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2009 6:37PM
'Ell fire Phil! This is a stunning image. Could easily grace the cover of BBC Wildlife magazine. Great work chap.

coxy 9
10 Aug 2009 7:06PM
Your a braver man than me Phil i know how nasty these little fellows can be. Great shot.

NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2009 7:26PM
thanks Mara, Martin, Andy and Jim.

Jim, i think its more Crazy than brave but its pretty much anything to get a good angle on a shot Wink
10 Aug 2009 10:22PM
O wow.
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2009 8:03AM
Thanks Scott
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
13 Aug 2009 11:02PM
Stunning inflight capture - love the backlighting.
NEWMANP 10 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2009 3:09PM
thanks everyone on this one,
Thanks Yung for the award.
Phil_Nunez 9 21 United Kingdom
14 Aug 2009 3:45PM
Hi Phil,
Stunning shot, the framing and clarity are perfect.
My Uncle returned a week after our first trip and the terns weren't attacking people as the chicks were more able and the terns musn't have considered people to be threatening. He was gutted!
Thanks for your recent post as well, really appreciate it...
LeighRebecca 10 267 10 England
30 Aug 2009 8:43PM
Wow, fantastic capture.
alzh 14 Saudi Arabia
30 Nov 2009 6:02PM
WOw .....
8 Apr 2010 7:06PM
this was not easy
13 Jun 2010 7:40PM
Amazing shot. Smile
Zatoichi 9 707 United Kingdom
4 Jul 2010 11:21PM
emkayne 8 11 United Kingdom
2 Dec 2010 12:20AM

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