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Grey-Headed Gull

Grey-Headed Gull
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Copyright: Srikumar Balial (Hotelcalifornia) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1519 W: 24 N: 2225] (14408)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D5200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, 95mm UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds Of South Africa - Part 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-09-09 13:19
Viewed: 958
Points: 10
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I have captured this gregarious 'Grey-Headed Gull' (Chroicocephalus cirrocephalus), also known as 'Grey-Hooded Gull' in Marievale Bird Sanctuary. To me the colour white and yellow are very difficult, to get proper exposure. Here I took this picture early in the morning which I think best time to capture such coloured species.

This small gull breeds South America and Africa, south of the Sahara.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2017-09-10 1:31]

Hi Srikumar,beautiful capture of this gull,i like the excellent sharpness despite the distance and the difficult light,nice reflections too like a lot of underscores. Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano

Hello Srikumar,
Indeed the harsh sun is the worst enemy for photographers trying to shoot white plumage birds.....Unfortunately I have to take pictures in inappropriate conditions because I have little time at my disposal.....
But this image is excellent with superb details.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2017-09-10 17:29]

Hello Srikumar,
I couldn't agree with you more as I also have a terrible time with the colors yellow and white.
Your photo however has perfect white balance rendering the best whites and yellows. Super sharp focus showing exceptional detail. Your Grey-headed Gull is very pretty with its grey, white and black plumage in contrast to the yellow eye, ringed in red and capped off with a red bill. Looks like it was a peaceful sea as very little ripple is seen in the water.

Ciao Srikumar, great capture of lovely gull, fascinating reflections, wonderful natural colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Srikumar,
Although you were in difficult situation light-wise, you managed to solve it quite well. Great details on the plumage and proper exposure; simple yet effective photo. Probably not such spectacular for first sight as a lot of other shots of you, but I like the clear composition and the light warm color tones very much. Good photograph.
Kind regards from Ireland, László

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