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PIC OF THE WEEK: 12/07/09 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2009 PICS

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White Tern

(Gygis alba)

Where: Oahu, HI • Kapiolani Park at Waikiki Beach

Notes: Also known as the "Fairy Tern", these all-white terns were quite a challenge to photograph. Occasionally a small flock of three or four birds would fly past Lori and I at the park that morning. When they circled past us, we would attempt some flight shots. But their constant wing-beat and playful flight, made them very difficult moving targets as the group quickly darted between the dozens of palm trees. They seemed to occasionally stop and hover above a very large Banyan Tree at the park's western end. So, we began searching for a more opportune vantage point by walking around the perimeter of that tree, Lori suggested they might be perching in the tree. This seemed like it would be odd behavior for a seabird. I looked up from under the tree, and sure enough, there sat a tern on a branch. Apparently this striking species is no stranger to trees at all. It commonly raises its young in trees, but constructs no nest at all. Instead it lays a single egg, often delicately balanced on a branch. A hatchling chick has well-developed feet and claws that it uses to cling-on to their perilous perch.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 100-400mm Zoom L Series Lens • 1.4X Converter • Manfroto Tripod • 3' Shutter Release Cable

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/200 second • Aperture = f 5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~35 Feet • Date Shot: 11-10-09

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