Caspian Terns on Lake Monroe

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Ugh! It’s been two full weeks since I’ve done a blog post! I’ve been busy at home and work, but I’ve also had a little bit of a photographic lull. Weather conditions have made for relatively poor lighting, but mostly I’m just behind in editing photos. Well, this morning I went to the marina on Lake Monroe.

Lake Monroe Marina –

It’s a pretty nice marina, for the most part, and a friend of mine found a there yesterday, so I thought I’d see if it was sticking around. Unfortunately, it wasn’t there today when I was. But there were about 10 Forster’s Terns and 12 Caspian Terns around, and several of them were pretty actively flying near the edge of the marina in decent light.

So I took a few Caspian Tern pictures. For some reason I have a tougher time with Caspian Terns than with others. I believe it’s the eyes. It seems far more difficult to get catch light in them, and so they often look sunken into the head and less attractive.

So this morning I concentrated on getting good catch light, and a few of them turned out. The catch light makes all the difference.

Lake Monroe Marina – Caspian Tern

Lake Monroe Marina – Caspian Tern

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons, based in Florida, is a lover of nature, landscape, and wildlife photography. Scott became interested in photography in 2001 when he was given his first SLR camera. When he acquired a telephoto lens, he became progressively more interested in birds and other wildlife. Scott enjoys learning about bird habitats and behavior, striving always to take images that are both beautiful and interpretive. Scott believes photography is a great vehicle to help others to appreciate the wonder for the stuff of earth.

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Wai Ling  Liu

love thanks