Arctic Tern feeding in glacial waters - Favorites #4

This photo was taken during a photography workshop (June 22 - July 1, 2009) led by Daniel Bergmann, one of Iceland's most recognized nature photographers. There was almost 22 hours of light during the workshop and the best hours for photography were between 4-8 AM and 7-11 PM.  On the morning when this image was acquired, we left our hotel before 4 AM for the early morning light at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. I photographed fishing Arctic Terns and Snow Buntings among the floating icebergs. One of the icebergs is in the background of the image. 

Arctic Tern fishing the waters in Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon (Iceland), June 2009.

David Sparks

I retired in 2005 after 40 years of research and teaching at the University of Alabama in Birmingham (24 years), the University of Pennsylvania (8 years) and the Baylor College of Medicine (8 years). Photography is my retirement hobby.

Nature photography, especially bird photography, combines a number of things that I really enjoy: bird-watching, being outdoors, photography, travel, messing about with computers, and learning new skills and concepts.  I now spend much of my time engaged in these activities.

David Sibley in the preface to The Sibley Guide to Birds wrote "Birds are beautiful, in spectacular as well as subtle ways; their colors, shapes, actions, and sounds are among the most aesthetically pleasing in nature."  My goal is to acquire images that capture the beauty and uniqueness of selected species as well as images that highlight the engaging behaviors the birds exhibit.