Royal Tern, Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, CA -- Oct. 9, 2006

 Elegant Tern, Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, CA -- Oct. 9, 2006
Royal Tern, Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, CA -- Oct. 9, 2006
(Thalasseus maximus, syn. Sterna maxima)
(1/6th resolution version 497x373 is displayed above for quick viewing 
( high-res version JPG, 2980x2235, for best 1.3:1 printing (12"x16")  1.65 MB)  (12"x16" print quality is okay)
The bill size and shape would seem to indicate that this is a Royal Tern. 
02feb2008 local birding expert Maggie Smith says "I would say that's a Royal Tern. I'm judging by size, shape and color of bill and the narrow black band on the head:." Thanks Maggie!
See Flickr comments.

Technical:  Canon 5D, EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM lens w/ EF 1.4X II Extender, 1/1600 shutter priority, f/8.0, ISO 640, on monopod.  This image has been somewhat enhanced in Photoshop - the most dramatic "manipulation" is the use of a gradient fill to darken the "sky"...  I took this shot late in the day (~5PM), standing in the water at a very low tide... the bird was over the water but between me and the beach  (you can see its wing touching the water), and the background was in fact not the sky, but of the sky and vegetation reflecting on golden wet sand, which reduced the contrast of the subject I was looking for.

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