January 23rd, 2015: Avian Friday: Forster’s Tern

One of the more interesting places I’ve photographed birds is at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve in Huntington Beach. It has nearly 1,500 acres of saltwater marshland and is home to many different species of wildlife and many type of birds. You can find something to photograph there pretty much all year around. My favorite to visit is during late spring/early summer when there are large number of terns constantly flying around providing many opportunities to brush up on and/or improve your flight capture technique. I found that even though I was getting several keepers, many were against a bright sky background which is not very conducive for making images of primarily all white birds. After hiking further down near the tide gates where many of the Terns feed on bait fish during the incoming tide, there are some hillsides with vegetation that provide a pleasing contrasting background to set these birds against.

Forster’s Tern (Sterna forsteri))

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Huntington Beach, California
500mm | 1/1250th Sec. @f/4.5| ISO 200

Canon 1D MkIII+ Canon EF 500/4L IS USM

Processed with Lightroom 5, Photoshop CC, Nik Collection.

To see a larger version please click on the image.

Feel free to comment below if you like what you see or have any other observations.

Thanks for stopping by,



One thought on “January 23rd, 2015: Avian Friday: Forster’s Tern

  1. Incredible picture – great detail and love the background. I can appreciate how much effort goes into getting this type of picture and skill.

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