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Black Tern Photos

Photography by Terry Sohl

My Favorite: Black Terns are one of my favorite species. I see them every spring and summer, but they're not the easiest bird to photograph. In their black summer breeding plumage, it's tough to get the right light and exposure to get any sort of plumage definition, and the dark eye is sometimes lost in the dark feathering of the head.  This is my favorite of the species, not only for the jaunty little pose, but for the light which enabled me to capture that eye, as well as the gorgeous, silver-tinged plumage of a summer breeding bird. Taken on May 14th, 2010 at Lake Whitewood in South Dakota.

Black Tern - Childonias Niger - Favorite Photo

Black Tern 1 - Childonias niger Black Tern 2 - Childonias niger Black Tern 3 - Childonias niger Black Tern 4 - Childonias niger

Black Tern 1

August 1st, 2004

Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Black Tern 2

May 14th, 2010

Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Black Tern 3

July 28th, 2006

Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Black Tern 4

May 14th, 2010

Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Black Tern 5 - Childonias niger

Black Tern 6 - Childonias niger

Black Tern 7 - Childonias niger 

Black Tern 8 - Childonias niger

Black Tern 5

May 14th, 2010

Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Black Tern 6

May 14th, 2010

Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Black Tern 7

May 14th, 2010

Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Black Tern 8

May 14th, 2010

Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Black Tern 9- Childonias niger

Black Tern 10 - Childonias niger

Black Tern 11 - Childonias niger

Black Tern 12 - Childonias niger

Black Tern 9

May 14th, 2010

Lake Whitewood, South Dakota

Black Tern 10

September 11th, 2010

Lake Thompson, South Dakota

Black Tern 11

July 2009

Lake County, South Dakota

Black Tern 12

July 2009

Lake County, South Dakota

Black Tern 13 - Childonias niger

Black tern 14 - Childonias niger

Black Tern 15 - Childonias niger

Black Tern 13

May 17th, 2013

 Kingsbury County, South Dakota

Black Tern 14

 May 14th, 2016

Minnehaha County, South Dakota

Black Tern 15

 August 11th, 2018

Brookings County, South Dakota

Click here for the species description page for the Black Tern


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