LesImgrund
LesImgrund

Fairy Terns and a Fish!



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GordonD PRO
 
GordonD October 27, 2014
Terrific !!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund December 04, 2014
Thank you Gordon! 8-))
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta December 04, 2014
Superb well-timed shot. Congratulations on being Featured.
LesImgrund
LesImgrund December 04, 2014
Thanks very much, Alan! 8-))
akhtarkhan
 
akhtarkhan December 04, 2014
Wonderful lighting, and detail......brilliant capture. Congrats on the feature.
LesImgrund
LesImgrund December 04, 2014
Thank you very much! I appreciate your kind words!
Bonnie_D PRO
 
Bonnie_D December 04, 2014
wow, this is a awesome capture congrats
LesImgrund
LesImgrund December 04, 2014
Thanks so much, Bonnie. 8-))
NanaSue54 PRO
 
NanaSue54 December 04, 2014
Awesome capture!! :)
LesImgrund
LesImgrund December 04, 2014
Thank you very much! 8-))
Celtic
 
Celtic December 04, 2014
wow, what a shot! Love it! Congrats!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund December 04, 2014
Thank you very much! I appreciate your kind words! 8-))
LynnsPhoto
 
LynnsPhoto December 04, 2014
Wow! An amazing capture! Outstanding composition, detail, colour! Love it!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you! 8-)) They are awesome little birds!
rhamm PRO
 
rhamm December 04, 2014
Great shot
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you! 8-))
NoveenKhan
 
NoveenKhan December 04, 2014
Perfect composition and timimg-what a stunning image! Congratulations on being Featured :)
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you! 8-)) So unexpected. Never even on my radar for things like that. Blew my mind to be Featured. Thanks again! 8-))
Cbries PRO+
 
Cbries December 04, 2014
Congratulations! awesome capture!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you very much! 8-))
Marjoriesmithphotography Premium
 
Marjoriesmithphotography December 04, 2014
Wonderful capture...contrats
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thanks so much! 8-))
marinamazer PRO
 
marinamazer December 04, 2014
Wow! Spectacular!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
They're awesome birds! Thank you! 8-))
lindawilliams_5852
 
lindawilliams_5852 December 04, 2014
Amazing capture!! Congrats!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you! Glad you like it! 8-))
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 December 04, 2014
awesome shot...Congrats! ")
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you very much! 8-))
Capture-Life
 
Capture-Life December 04, 2014
WOOW!! :):) this is absolutely FANTASTIC!!! 8) I love love looooove it!!! 8) Huge Congrats to you!!!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Cheers, Stephanie! It was the last season we got to see them breed like this. Hasn't been a great time for them. The image is special for a few reasons. Thanks again! 8-))
tmlakshmi PRO+
 
tmlakshmi December 04, 2014
congrats. Incrediblle
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you so much! 8-))
maureenrueffer
 
maureenrueffer December 04, 2014
Great photo!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you so much, Maureen! 8-))
vojce PRO
 
vojce December 04, 2014
fantastic photo,bravo
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
I appreciate that. Thank you! 8-))
mixaliskalogerakis
 
mixaliskalogerakis December 04, 2014
Nice !!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Cheers! 8-))
avatar
 
December 04, 2014
great!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you! 8-))
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi December 04, 2014
amazing capture !
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
I appreciate that very much! Thank you! 8-))
marilenavaccarini PRO
 
marilenavaccarini December 04, 2014
great capture, congrats
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thanks so much! 8-))
debhearn
 
debhearn December 04, 2014
Unbelievable shot! Congratulations on all the awards. You desire them!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thanks so much! 8-)) It's all so unexpected. I just love shooting. Something awesome about being out there! Thanks again! 8-))
pauljackson_4080 PRO+
 
pauljackson_4080 December 04, 2014
great capture, loving it, congrats on the feature!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
I appreciate your kind words! Thank you! 8-))
chuckrickman Premium
 
chuckrickman December 04, 2014
Stupendous capture. Also congrats on being featured.
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Cheers! I appreciate that very much! 8-))
TCXHAPA
 
TCXHAPA December 04, 2014
Lovely!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you! 8-))
anthonytemer
 
anthonytemer December 04, 2014
Beautiful picture bird pictures don't do much for me but this one is amazing
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
I take that as a huge compliment, Anthony. I understand what you mean. I appreciate you taking the time to let me know! Thanks so much! 8-))
p_eileenbaltz PRO
 
p_eileenbaltz December 04, 2014
Breathtaking!!! Congratulations on your well-deserved award and feature.:)
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thanks so much! I appreciate your kind words! 8-))
ann11
 
ann11 December 04, 2014
This is outstanding! The moment, the lighting, the detail, the composition... Everything pulls together to make this a memorable capture. I'm so grateful that you shared it on VB so that I and others could enjoy the moment as well. Kudos!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you so much, Ann. It is still so unexpected to see the comments and so on. Never my intention. Just to share so people can see what I get to see as well! Thanks again! 8-))
ChrisSutton
 
ChrisSutton December 04, 2014
Great photo!!!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thanks so much, Chris! 8-))
jonnywilliams PRO+
 
jonnywilliams December 04, 2014
brilliant capture, Awesome lighting, Focus, sharpness everything awesome Congrats :)
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
I appreciate that, Jonny! Thank you! 8-))
ChrisKIELY PRO+
 
ChrisKIELY December 04, 2014
Totally wonderful!! This is a WOW shot, and I love it.
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you so much, Chris! Really. Thank you! 8-))
jehuck
 
jehuck December 04, 2014
Beautiful!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you very much! 8-))
HaliSowle
 
HaliSowle December 05, 2014
Great image!!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you for that! I appreciate it! 8-))
rmr731 PRO+
 
rmr731 December 08, 2014
What a magnificent capture! Congrats on being featured!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Thank you very much! 8-))
jmcastanos PRO+
 
jmcastanos December 08, 2014
Great! (Y)
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you very much! 8-))
mandyhedley
 
mandyhedley December 09, 2014
Absolutely beautfiul
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thanks so much, Mandy! 8-))
ybbag420
 
ybbag420 December 12, 2014
Absolutely outstanding capture. Congratulations!!!!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
It was an awesome morning! Thanks so much! 8-))
Nikonover
 
Nikonover December 21, 2014
Absolutely brilliant,what a great capture,and superb lighting.10/10
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
It never ceases to amaze me what nature is capable of. Thank you so much! 8-)) I appreciate your comment!
timsridharan
 
timsridharan December 28, 2014
voted, an enviable shot
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you so much! I appreciate that very much! 8-))
Hoov PRO+
 
Hoov December 29, 2014
Congrats on your featured photo!! It is realy a great capture. Perfect timing.
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thank you! There are another couple in the series that show them even better in some ways. They were awesome that day! Thanks again! 8-))
claudia_lothering_1704
 
claudia_lothering_1704 January 16, 2015
Great timing. Stunning composition and suburb precision and clarity. Congratulations!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund January 16, 2015
Thanks so much, Claudia! 8-)) So glad you like it!
Deby
 
Deby January 25, 2015
Wonderful shot! Congratulations!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund February 11, 2015
Thank you, Deby! Glad you like it! 8-))
ReneeBlake PRO+
 
ReneeBlake January 30, 2015
Wow ! Amazing shot ! Congrats !
LesImgrund
LesImgrund February 11, 2015
Cheers, Renee! It was an awesome moment. Thanks again! 8-))
AliAlzuhair
 
AliAlzuhair January 31, 2015
Stunning!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund February 11, 2015
Thank you very much, Ali. So glad you like it! 8-))
clodallas
 
clodallas February 24, 2015
super!
LucyLoo
 
LucyLoo March 01, 2015
What an absolutely stunning moment and Photo. Beautiful details and light, gorgeous colours too :-D
marcelfens
 
marcelfens March 05, 2015
!!
Q-Vision PRO+
 
Q-Vision March 05, 2015
Wonderful nature story. Excellent timing!
KIRWAN PRO
 
KIRWAN March 05, 2015
I love Terns and I love this. Simply stunning. Many many congrats.
judyhorton
 
judyhorton March 06, 2015
Outstanding capture...great timing!
NotableNuances
 
NotableNuances March 06, 2015
Congratulations on the awards for this amazing capture, Les. Well deserved recognition but I've been an admirer of your work since the first time I saw it! BTW... Please say HI to Star. She left me for you and the Arcanum. I know she's busy and learning a lot from one of the best!
sydneyosbourne
 
sydneyosbourne March 10, 2015
Kudos!
SnowbunnyPhotography Premium
 
SnowbunnyPhotography March 16, 2015
WOW! Are they sharing? Or fighting? LOL! :-) Congrats!
irmaferreira
 
irmaferreira April 29, 2015
It is just wonderful, nicely timed
Chillbrook PRO
 
Chillbrook June 09, 2015
Fabulous photograph! :-)
TwoGreenEyes PRO+
 
TwoGreenEyes June 12, 2015
Deeeeepest sigh. What a wonderful shot. Great moment for you after observing them for so long. The light is just God's reward!
naruj
 
naruj June 13, 2015
Perfect time, perfect light, perfect shot! You nailed it!
onyanita Premium
 
onyanita June 15, 2015
outstanding
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates July 09, 2015
Great nature shot, doesn't get much better than this! Congrats!
ShrillHawk
 
ShrillHawk July 23, 2015
Beautiful Capture!
Dals-Photography PRO+
 
Dals-Photography July 23, 2015
I love birds and this capture is truly excellent!
lindaknight
 
lindaknight August 12, 2015
Wow!
retofuerst
 
retofuerst August 23, 2015
love it!!!
mrlarrys
 
mrlarrys December 03, 2015
Congratulations! Amazing shot.
LesImgrund
LesImgrund December 04, 2015
Thank you! 8-))
SarahKeates PRO
 
SarahKeates December 04, 2015
Fabulous capture! Congrats!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund December 04, 2015
Thank you! 8-))
raduleperii
 
raduleperii December 09, 2015
Incredible photography
LesImgrund
LesImgrund December 10, 2015
Thanks so much. 8-))
florinabelu-alexandru
 
florinabelu-alexandru December 09, 2015
Perfect time,perfect moment,perfect photo!Please tell me the camera and lens you made this photo with and the settings of the camera.Thanks.
LesImgrund
LesImgrund December 10, 2015
Hello! No problem! I use a Canon 7D with a Canon 500mm f/4 + 1.4X Teleconverter. f/5.6, 1/1500, ISO200 with -0.5EV Compensation. Thanks so much!
carmen2016
 
carmen2016 April 08, 2016
superb congrats
insanecatlady
 
insanecatlady April 11, 2016
Such an amazing once in a lifetime capture caught so clearly to. Such an intermate moment probably never before seen let alone captured with two quite rare birds
photosue50
 
photosue50 May 02, 2016
Love Terns
RobinV
 
RobinV May 03, 2016
Great action picture, well done.
JoJaDa
 
JoJaDa May 27, 2016
Perfect timing!
devangshah
 
devangshah May 27, 2016
Beautiful Capture.
nina050 PRO+
 
nina050 May 28, 2016
Wonderful shot! Congrats!
YvonneJeaK PRO+
 
YvonneJeaK May 29, 2016
Congratulation. Outstanding
mcphoto2bug PRO
 
mcphoto2bug June 16, 2016
Fabulous - nothing like being at the right place at the right time. Well done.
Thephotochic
 
Thephotochic June 17, 2016
Just stunning!!!!
FredBlundell PRO+
 
FredBlundell December 08, 2016
Superb artistry!
DarwinsBloodhound PRO
 
DarwinsBloodhound December 14, 2016
This is one of the best bird Fotos I have ever seen! What a thrill it must have been to capture this moment so perfectly... a major prize in its self!
kathyk_abq
 
kathyk_abq April 22, 2017
What a WOW shot!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund April 22, 2017
Thank you, Kathy! Appreciate your kind words. 8-)
ericakinsella
 
ericakinsella April 22, 2017
Beautiful! Congrats!!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund April 22, 2017
Thanks so much, Erica. Humbled by all of this. 8-)
Eddieuuu071 Premium
 
Eddieuuu071 April 23, 2017
What a wonderful image! Congratulations on getting the top award!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund April 25, 2017
Thank you, Eddie. 8-))
Pamelabole PRO+
 
Pamelabole April 23, 2017
Beautiful capture!! Congrats on your Contest Win!!! : )
LesImgrund
LesImgrund April 25, 2017
Thank you, Pamela. 8-)) Much appreciated!
kellumbear
 
kellumbear April 23, 2017
Elke said it perfectly, the fundamentals of this capture is superb! Congrats on your win!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund April 25, 2017
Your words are humbling. Thank you. 8-)
tymo49
 
tymo49 April 23, 2017
Amazing capture , congratulations !
LesImgrund
LesImgrund April 25, 2017
Thanks for taking the time to comment. Thank you. 8-)
elenkalo
 
elenkalo April 24, 2017
unique!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund April 25, 2017
Thank you! 8-))
michellestone
 
michellestone April 24, 2017
Beautiful!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund April 25, 2017
Thank you, Michelle! 8-))
SPateLeitz
 
SPateLeitz April 24, 2017
Awesome shot! Congrats!
LesImgrund
LesImgrund April 25, 2017
Thanks very much! 8-))
Marcpen
 
Marcpen June 01, 2017
Great capture
Alfredo_Jose PRO+
 
Alfredo_Jose June 19, 2017
I love this, perfect light, great moment, superb composition!
mihrt PRO+
 
mihrt June 25, 2017
Wow, CONGRATS on your well deserved AWARDS for this shot !! Fabulous interaction between these Terns !!! Excellent detail, expoxure and presentation!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This was taken on a small area of the Peel Inlet, Mandurah, Western Australia. It is a small spit of land that is open to the wind and the tides. Often very difficult for the birds to fledge their young.
Time
This was taken around 6:20am. I had been out for about one and half hours watching them and few other species. The sun was rising and the light was changing very quickly - a small bank of clouds was causing some changes in the light. This pair had been courting for a short time which they do for a short period of time then get on with cleaning and feeding.
Lighting
The light was beautiful when I arrived but it was changing fairnly quickly during the time I was there. I knew the Terns would be in this space as I had been there for a few days previously. I was watching them, but the light was fairly poor. But when the male started to court the female, the coluds shifted enough to let the Sun through. Was almost perfect.
Equipment
Image was taken with a Canon 7D with a Canon 500mm f/4L + Canon 1.4x Teleconverter. Handheld.
Inspiration
I had been watching the Terns for a few days. It was during the breeding season and the return of the migrating shorebirds. I had seen them courting a few times but they had been quite a distance away. I managed to get close enough while lying down, to wait quietly to see what they would do. The light and the Terns cooperated enough to time everything right for the image. It was a special image because it was last time the Terns were able to hatch their young before an unusually high tide swept their nesting site away. An image to remember what they once did in this location.
Editing
This image was Curves, Noise reduction and a crop. Everything else was in camera. I don't usually like to do very much with wildlife images.
In my camera bag
Today, a Canon 1Dx with the 7D as a back-up. The Canon 500mm f4/L with 1.4x Tele are usually on the 1Dx. The 7D will have either the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L II or Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L, depending on what I am looking for. If it is landscape images, then the 24-70 wins. Otherwise, the 70-200 is on the 7D. Apart from those, spare batteries, CF cards, plenty of lens cleaning supplies and cloths to dry the lens, camera. A few tools to do quick repairs on the camera or tripod. Depending on what else I may be doing, a Canon 580EX or 600EX-RT Flash will be in their with a Better Beamer and flash bracket. An Induro tripod and gimbal will usually finish off the gear.
Feedback
Knowing the species and their behaviour helps significantly to see and make images like this. The more you know, the more likely you will be in the right place at the right time to see it. Having gear that you know, regardless of the brand or model, makes it easier to see and frame images like this. If you are fumbling for settings, then the opportunities like this, tend to go by without you making an image. Practicing with your gear and making images regularly allows you to practice with scenes/subjects that are slower moving or more common. Once you have the skills fairly smooth, then when you see an opportunity like this, it allows you to focus on the scene without concerning yourself with the settings, framing, light etc. It becomes more "second nature". The more you practice, with some mentoring from someone who knows what you are trying to achieve, helps to increase the results.

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