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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: 2008-10-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, nikkor 50mm f/1.4
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-11 2:49
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Points: 12
[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.
It looks and acts very like Herring Gull but its yellow legs are the most obvious difference. It also has smaller white spots and more black on the outer primaries (seen at rest in the first photo). Winter plumaged birds have greyish markings on the head.

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α! πολυ καλη φωτο αυτη...
πολυ "γυαλιστερος" φαινεται ο γλαρος...(εκανες καμια επεξεργασια?)
μαρεσει επισης το κυμα στο background δημιουργει ωραια συνθεση


Ciao Nikos,
bellissima cattura, eccellenti POV e DOF, molto bella la composizione con le onde che s'infrangono e la bella posatura del gabbiano reale impassibile, ottima definizione e splendido il dettaglio dell'occhio, bellissimi i colori e la luce.

hello nikos,
wonderful capture of the Yellow-legged Gull , the bird looks sharp with spoton focus, you have freezed the ocaean at the bg making the image even more beautiful, well composed shot,
well done,
tfs & regards

Brava omorfh.....

hello nikos,
arka planla tam bir karpostal olmuş.
Harika bir šalışma.

beautiful capture and wonderful background !

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