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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: 2008-02-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D80, nikkor 50mm f/1.4
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-07 9:07
Viewed: 3221
Points: 8
[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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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-07 9:33]

Hello Nikos,
Very nice capture . I love these in flight shots. The colours and composition are very nice.
Best regards Siggi

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2008-12-07 10:08]

Hi Nikos
Nice shoot. Rich details and wonderful colors.
Good job.
Regards.
Razvan Zinica

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2008-12-07 20:45]

Congratulations, very goo photo from this gull!

yperoxh einai Nikola
den exw 3anadei tetoia eykrineia pote, ti mati einai ayto
poy exei o glaros!

8a htan wraio na htan oloklhra ta ftera toy alla
de bariesai me macro glaro den exw mata dei
na se kala file

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