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Grey-headed Gull

Grey-headed Gull
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-31 8:37
Viewed: 4934
Points: 56
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Grey-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus) is a small gull which breeds patchily in South America and Africa south of the Sahara. It is not truly migratory, but is more widespread in winter. This species has occurred as a rare vagrant to North America and Spain. It is known as the Gray-hooded Gull by the American Ornithologists' Union. As is the case with many gulls, it has traditionally been placed in the genus Larus.

This locally abundant gull breeds in large colonies in reedbeds and marshes, and lays two or three eggs in a nest that can be on the ground or floating. Like most gulls, it is highly gregarious in winter, both when feeding or in evening roosts. Although it is predominantly coastal or estuarine, it is not a pelagic species, and is rarely seen at sea far from land.

Flocks numbering hundreds or thousands of these gulls can form when the feeding conditions are appropriate.
The Grey-headed Gull is slightly larger than the Black-headed Gull at 42 cm length. The summer adult has a pale grey head, a grey body, darker in tone than the Black-headed, and red bill and legs. The black tips to the primary wing feathers have conspicuous white "mirrors". The underwing is dark grey with black wingtips. The grey hood is lost in winter, leaving just dark streaks.

Sexes are similar. The South American race is slightly larger and paler-backed than the African subspecies. This gull takes two years to reach maturity. First year birds have a black terminal tail band, and more dark areas in the wings.

In flight, the wings are broader and held flatter than those of Black-headed Gull.

This is a noisy species, especially at colonies. The call is a raucous crow-like caw, caw.

Source: Wikipedia

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-05-31 8:38]

Hi Peter
Perfect shot of this lovely gull!
Great details and POV.

mooie scherpe vlucht foto peter, good gedaan

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-05-31 8:55]
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Ha Peter,

Mooi vastgelegd, deze vliegende kokmeeuw.


Hello Peter,
this is a perfect in-flight shot.
I love the sharp result, to see that impressive eye with the red ring around - the wide open wings, it's a wonderful moment, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Peter
Today, I see you were from Senegal. You send a wonderful capture of very beautiful Grey-headed Gull from this country. focus, POV, color and composition great as like exposure.
thanks for sharing, best wishes

Hello Peter
C'est une belle prise en vole, aux couleurs bien naturelles, et l'allure legre.
merci et bravo

Hi Peter,

Stunning in-flight capture of a grey -headed beauty from wonderful POV with flawless details, great DOF and delightfull composition.
TFS and have a nice night!


Hello Peter,
Do not understand how you did this with 1/320s! ... imagine that the bird was in slow flight. The result is very good and the detail is commendable. environment also creates additional interest. It seems incredible, but the eye contact is perfect! (That's hard on the pictures in flight)!
Regards, TFS, Jess

Great bright capture with lovely dept of field and astonishing sharpness, Peter! Fantastic almost eye level point of view! Good job Peter!
George Veltchev

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-05-31 12:32]

Hi Peter. A fine in flight shot of this Gull. Taken with sharp focusing and fine featehr detail on the open wings. All with natural colours. Well taken TFS.

Hello Peter,
Wonderful in-flight capture of this gull taken with natural colors, good details and great POV.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-05-31 12:54]

Hello Peter,
A very nice in-flight capture of a Grey-headed Gull. Excellent technically and taken from a fine POV with fine colours and composition.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-05-31 13:06]

Very good presentation and photo of this Gull, TFS!

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-05-31 13:22]

Hello Peter
Nice in flight capture.Sharp image with very good details.Light is very nice and I like the catch light in the eye.Best regards Siggi

Hallo Peter,

ik neem aan dat je toch ook wel andere dingen hebt gedaan dan mooie platen van vogels schieten?
Dit is ook een mooie in vlucht met goede scherpte en detailering.
Er zijn niet veel nederlandse fotografen hier maar die er zijn plaatsen mooie platen.

Ook nog prima kleuren.


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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-05-31 14:48]

Hello Peter,
Very good capture of this lovely gull in-flight with great timing and perfect clarity.Nice colors and fine details.TFS.

hello Peter

a great in-flight photo of the Grey-headed Gull
shot with fine POV and framing, superbly focused
with great sharpness and details, TFS


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-01 0:00]

Beautiful species of bird, excellent details and well captured in flight. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-01 0:32]

Hello Peter,
Well taken your flying Grey-headed Gull in front of what must be Saint-Louis silhouette. Goood sharpness and fine blurred background. Caw, caw, well done!
Kind regards

Ciao Peter. Another exciting flying capture in good colurs and details. Very good sharp.


beautiful capture, excellent flying catch

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-06-01 5:58]

Hello Peter,
Splendid in flight of a gull we don't have where I am from, it looks beautiful. Great image quality throughout, thank you for sharing Peter.

Hello Peter,
Exceptional shot. Very nice colours and good details.
Lovely natural background.

Ciao Peter, fantastic flying gull, perfect focus on eye, wonderful natural colors and superb sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter, wonderful shot of this flying gull with nice details.
TFS and greetings,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-06-01 11:42]

Hi Peter,it's always difficult to take a bird in flight whit an excellent sharpness like your,a masterpiece whit the top quality and a wonderfull wings position!Thanks for share,have a nice day,LUCIANO

Peter, this is such a great shot of this gull. Thanks so much for your comment on my 'Only The Strong Survive' photo. That was raw nature at it's best. Have a great day, Bill

If you have time, check out my website:
Bill Houghton Photography

Hello Peter
this shot is wondeful, this flying Grey-headed Gull is so well captured with a lot af great details, beautiful wings position, fine POV
the lighting and the colors are superb too,
have a good night

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2010-06-01 19:37]

Hi Peter
Great in flight capture.Sharp image with nice POV.Detail are just amasing
TFS Michel

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