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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: 2011-02-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D300s, Nikkor 300mm AF-S f/4
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/2000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Pretty - Perfect - Picture, Anna's Favourites 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-02-16 11:08
Viewed: 3341
Favorites: 3 [view]
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black-headed Gull, Larus ridibundus, has adapted well to human communities, frequenting sewer outflows, landfill sites, and farmers fields in search of food. This partly explains why the bird is so familiar to residents of Europe, where the highest populations of Black-headed Gulls are found. The other reason is that this gull is very common, with an estimated global population of 7,300,000 to 11,000,000 birds.

Black-headed Gulls are found mostly in the northern hemisphere—throughout Eurasia, and in northern Africa. A few, probably migrants from the far north, visit coastal North America in winter. They rarely venture inland on that continent. A small number reside year round in Eastern Canada, breeding in Newfoundland.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-16 11:39]

Hello Nikos,
What a splendid photo. The colours are very well saturated. Fantastic sharpness and details. Great POV, composition, timing and a very funny reflection on the water.

Hello Nikos,
One of the best images with seagulls that I have ever seen. Great moment captured with excellent details and wonderful colours. The bird stands out so well on the blue water. Well done!

hello Nokos
so good sharpness and fresh colours with good light
the details are beautiful
greeting lou

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-16 13:17]

Hello Nikos.
Superb shot of this Black-headed Gull, very good composition and POV, the pose is excellent with nice details too, I really like the colour pallet.Best regards Siggi

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-02-16 13:41]

Oh Nikos
what a timing
1/2000 seconds just perfect, dark blue water and still perfect exposure on white plumage, but the very best is the mirror image of the Gull's head, looks like a cartoon
very nice

Hi Nikos,

Well captured, good focus and awesome shot!
You catch completely the moment that gull is taking off. I love beautful and clear color tone as well as this action. And, it's so effective for water splay and funny reflection projected to surface of the water. It's also tasteful for gradual wave with blurred image of background.


An incredible capture Nikos, taken from a perfect point of view, using the great available light. Perfect timing, perfect shutter speed perfect colors! Bravo!
George Veltchev

Hi Nikos,
fantastic action shot, brilliant colours and perfect sharpness. Congratulation for this exceptional picutre.

χαίρεσαι να τη βλέπεις, απλά υπέροχη Νίκο, πάντα τέτοιες!

Hallo Nikos
This is an excellent image in every way, the colours are just so breathtaking, the details wonderfully sharp and the moment of action just on time. The movement of the water perfect. A definite favourite of mine. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Nikos,
Splendid capture with excellent details and outstanding clarity.
Amazing focus and sharpness. Very nice water droplets.
Brilliant composition.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2011-02-17 5:21]

Hola Nikos
What a super picture! Wonderful color, and using 2.ooo speed you frost the drops of the water, the white color is not burned. I like this composition, because the splash of the water share protagonism with the bird. Congratulation and Saludos.

Bonjour Nikos,
Excellente et splendide publication dans une technique remarquablement maitrisée valorisant bien le sujet grace à une formidable opposition sur l'arrière-plan.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • v4vjk (51)
  • [2011-02-17 6:31]


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-02-17 8:46]

Hi Nikos!
Fantastic sharp capture of bird "in action". Impressive details and splendid light and reflections!
Great contrast against the blue water as BG.
A wonderful, artistic composition.
Ciao! Vanda

Φανταστική φωτογραφία Νίκο!! Η σύνθεση είναι εξαιρετική, ο συγχρονισμός τέλειος, τα χρώματα πανέμορφα και η ευκρίνεια καταπληκτική. Έχεις τον πλήρη θαυμασμό μου για αυτή τη φωτογραφία.
Καλή σου νύχτα,

Ciao Nikos. Grande! Grandissima cattura! Da copertina!


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-02-18 2:52]

Hello Nikos,
What a superb picture! Best timing possible and a sharpness, you couldn't do better! Most beautiful the splashing water and the reflections on the water-surface. Bravo!
Thanks and kind regards

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  • gavaeb (17)
  • [2011-02-23 18:14]


Hallo Nikos,
what a wonderful capture of the Black-headed Gull taken with great timing in a spectacular posture, marvellous well saturated colours and very beautiful reflections, excellent POV and composition, very well done
Best regards


Hi Nikos,
Amazing action shot of this seagull,
Nice reflection and sharp picture.
congradulations for this beautiful compositon.
a real beauty..great work and shot,
all my compliments,

Hi Nikos,
excellent shot of this gull in action. Congratulation for your gallery.

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