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Common black headed gull

Common black headed gull
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Copyright: Bunyapon Kusolkrong (bungbing) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 516 W: 0 N: 1626] (7743)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-12-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRII, UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-01-28 1:13
Viewed: 2461
Points: 28
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Common black headed gulls (larus ridibundus)

The Black Headed Gull adults are roughly 13-17 inches (33-44cm) in length with a 35-41 inch (89-105 cm) wingspan. The summer adult has a chocolate-brown head (not black, despite the name), the body and wings are pale grey, with black tips on the primary wing feathers. The bill is red with a black tip, and the legs are also red. The “black” hood is lost in winter, leaving just a dark vertical streak or spot behind the eye. Setting the Common Black Headed Gull apart from the other “hooded” gulls is the fact that they do no actually have a black head during breeding season.

The Common Black Headed Gull is relatively new to North America, being first seen in Canada in the early 1900's. It is a small gull which breeds in much of Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada. Most of the population is migratory, preferring to winter further south, but some birds in the milder westernmost areas of Europe do not migrate. Some birds that reside in eastern Canada will also spend the winter in the northeastern United States.

The Common Black Headed Gull reaches maturity when they are two years old, which is typical of small gulls. Breeding and nesting time frame for Common Black Headed Gulls is usually in April to May.Their nest is typically a shallow depression on the ground lined with vegetation and feathers. The female gull normally lays 2 or 3 eggs. Both parents will take turns feeding the young birds. They prefer to eat insects, small fish, small berries and earthworms. They have been known to follow fishing boats, plunge-diving for smaller fish. They also like to follow plows tilling in fields eating the earthworms and other invertebrates stirred up by this activity.

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HI Bunyapon
Beautiful inflight photo. One does not usually say this in a inflight photo, but great eye contact. Very nice POV and sharpness. You caught him in very good light.
Thanks for sharing
Best regards

Hello Bunyapon,
This is an wonderful capture with great details and nice clarity,the light intensity seems to be taken this capture during the eventide but it was just 1:13 PM,lovely in flight capture with an excellent closeness.

perfect shot with a beautiful light and a great clearness and sharpness.

hello Buny
super good sharpness picture with great details and beautiful colours
great shot
thanks greeting lou

Hello Bungbing

WOW ! great close-up in-flight shot of this gull,
fine POV and framing, beautiful light coming to
the bird, beautiful catch-light improve the photo
rendering it more beautiful, great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2013-01-28 8:10]

Hello Bunyapon,
Very nice to see a new posting from you.
The light on the gull in this photo is splendid. Superb sharpness and details. Great DOF and timing.

Hi Bunyapon,
amazing colours. Perfect sharpness and details. Nice composition.
It's very nice to see you again!!!
Have a nice week,

Ciao Bungbing, great capture of lovely in-flight bird, fine detailss, splendid sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-01-28 15:09]

A spectcular in flight capture my friend! What a perfect exposure and timing to take this gull whit the best details as possible,a very professional work,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Hello Bungbing, Nice to see a new photo from you!
As always a beautiful photo with excellent composition, nice lighting and impressive sharpness!
My best wishes

Hi Bungbing,
Nice to see you returned to TN. Your action shot is great, with pleasant composition and excellent sharpness, the latter caused by the perfectly chosen shutter speed. Truly a noteworthy capture taken from an excellent PoV. Well done, Madame, great job. Congrats and tfs.
Best regards, László

Hello Bunyapon,
What a photo!! This Common black headed gull is so clearly separated from its background, it almost came flying out of my computer's screen. On the technical side, perfect sharpness with abundance of detail. Perfect placing, POV and beautiful contrast against the OOF BG. Extraordinary composition my friend. Well done.
Best regards,

Hi Bungbing,
fabulously clear and precise, well lighted capture in motion! With thanks, and best regards,

Hello Bunyapon,
What a beautiful image and lovely action. And so well placed in the frame. Being frustrated, as I am, for not having enough time at the moment, I truly envy you this wonderful image, but in a friendly way. Very well done indeed. It is a pleasure to view.

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