One Good Tern

Brownsea Island in Dorset provided the perfect opportunity to make images of birds and red squirrels in the early morning and evening, when the light is at its best and few people are around. A colony of common terns nests on islands in the lagoon, overlooked by a strategically positioned hide. Terns are elegant, graceful and fast in flight, requiring good autofocus and reactions. I captured this sharp image at 1/1600th of a second as the bird turned to land. I like the central position of its head in the composition, dynamic wing orientation, light on its fanned out tail and the contrast of red beak with blue sky.