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Black headed Gull


Black headed Gull
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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: 2008-11-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, nikkor 50mm f/1.4
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-24 0:55
Viewed: 3052
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) 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 northestern North America, where it was formerly known as the Common Black-headed Gull. As is the case with many gulls, it has traditionally been placed in the genus Larus.

This gull is 38-44 cm (15-17 in) long with a 94-105 cm (37-41 in) wingspan. It breeds in colonies in large reedbeds or marshes, or on islands in lakes, nesting on the ground. 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.

The Black-headed Gull is a bold and opportunist feeder and will scavenge in towns or take invertebrates in ploughed fields with equal relish.

In flight, the white leading edge to the wing is a good field mark. The summer adult has a chocolate-brown head (not black, despite the name), pale grey body, black tips to the primary wing feathers, and red bill and legs. The hood is lost in winter, leaving just dark vertical streaks.

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 "kree-ar" call. Its scientific name means "Laughing Gull".

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Yasu Nikos,

A lovely and perfect capture of this beautiful Black-headed Gull in a fine posture with excellent details on its plummages, wonderful colours and nice composition.
Efkharisto para bolia!

Bayram

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-11-24 1:29]

Hi Nikos,
Very nice capture of this black headed gull.Colors,POV,warm lighting and composition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-11-24 5:10]

Hello Nikos,
Very beautiful well saturated colours in this photo. Great sharpness and details. Fantastic environment. Very good POV, composition and DOF.
Regards,
Peter

Hello nikos,
Beautiful picture of the black headed gull. Excellent close up taken at a good POV. The light, the details captured and sharpness are splendid.
Thanks for the share,
Smitha.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-11-24 10:19]

Hello Nikos,

You have shown very well this bird. Your image is sharp showing excelent details of the bird. It is also the low POV that allowed showing so well the bird. Very nice details of the plumage can be well observed. You have also captured a very nice light rendering well the colors of the bird and sands arround.

Thank you for sharing,
Cristian

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  • cako Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 485 W: 0 N: 772] (3395)
  • [2008-11-24 10:38]

Hi Nikos
very good sharp and detail
very well done.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-25 11:22]

Hello Nikos! A very good capture of the Gull, sharp details and great exposure, well done!

Mario

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-01 7:47]

Hello Nikos,
Lovely close capture of this colourful Gull in beautiful light. Excellent DOF and very fine details. A fine composition too.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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