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Yellow-legged Gull (Larus cachinnans)

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus cachinnans)
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Copyright: Nikos Nikolaou (nikosrio) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 829] (4846)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, nikkor 50mm f/1.4
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/1600 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-01 4:26
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Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Yellow-legged Gull was often included as a sub-species of the Herring Gull Larus argentatus but DNA evidence shows it to be a species in its own right. In fact, it seems to be more closely related to Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus fuscus which probably illustrates that all 3 species had a common ancestor in the "recent" past (the Pleistocene).

It largely replaces Herring Gull in Europe outside Scandinavia and the north-west Atlantic seaboard so is largely a Mediterranean bird within Europe. It also breeds across the Caucasus and into southern Siberia. The eastern populations migrate from Mongolia to China and India while most other populations are either sedentary or move only smallish distances.

In my photo we can see the perfect aerodynamic of its flight.

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Bonjour Nikos
superbe présentation de cette oiseau en plein vol, sensation de liberté et de rêverie, belle composition.

Superb shot, my dearest brother Nikos!
Very well captured!

Hi Nikos, Good inflight photograph of this gull, they seem to live in all parts of the world. Flying birds make good subjects, keep taking these. TFS. Murray.

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