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Fishing Black Tern

The Black Tern is a "Species at Risk" in Ontario. I was directed to an out-of-the-way cattail marsh by a birding friend where these terns appear to be nesting.


Man - are these things tough to photograph in flight! Trying to keep the focus tracking on these birds is a real challenge - when they are flying straight at you they have a very thin profile and the focus has trouble locking on and even when you get them side-on they continuously bob, weave and make sudden banking turns that are near impossible to predict - I found the best thing to do was let them dive into the water, then lock-on and catch them on thier way back up into the air...

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Taken on July 12, 2011