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Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)


Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus)
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Copyright: Dan Bachmann (danbachmann) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 74 W: 19 N: 151] (571)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-28
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 200mm f/2.8L USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-14 20:44
Viewed: 5026
Points: 0
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken in Koyaike Park which seems to be a very popular place for birds.

The following was from BirdsISaw (see http://www.birdsisaw.com/Bird.aspx?q=1 for more infirmation)

The Black-headed Gull is a small gull which breeds in much of Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada. Most of the population is migratory, wintering further south, but some birds in the milder westernmost areas of Europe are resident. Some birds will also spend the winter in the northeastern United States.

Like most gulls, it is highly gregarious in winter, both when feeding or in evening roosts. It is not a pelagic species, and is rarely seen at sea far from coasts.

This species takes two years to reach maturity. First year birds have a black terminal tail band, more dark areas in the wings, and, in summer, a less fully developed dark hood.

This is a noisy species, especially at colonies, with a familiar "kreee-ar" call.


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