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Fulmarus glacialis

Fulmarus glacialis
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Copyright: Shir Goldberg (shirgold) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 286 W: 105 N: 591] (2748)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor ED 70-300mm F4.5-5.6
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Your Favorite Images, oiseaux en vol/birds in flight, Marine Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-15 13:07
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Northern Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis), or Arctic Fulmar lives in the north Atlantic and north Pacific. These fulmars look superficially like gulls, but are unrelated, and are in fact petrels. The species is grey and white with a yellow bill, 43-52 cm in length with a 101-117 cm wingspan. The Northern Fulmar has both a light morph and dark morph plumage.

The Northern Fulmar breeds on cliffs, laying a single white egg. Unlike many small to medium birds in the Procellariiformes they are neither nocturnal breeders, nor do they use burrows; their eggs are laid on the bare rock or in shallow depressions lined with plant material. Nesting birds and chicks can eject an evil smelling stomach oil up to 2 m, which repels unwanted visitors. It will matt the plumage of avian predators, and can lead to their death.

They are highly pelagic outside the breeding season, like most tubenoses, feeding on fish, oil or offal. Recent studies in the North Sea have shown them especially susceptible to plastic discards. The range of these species increased greatly last century due to the availability of fish offal from commercial fleets, but may contract because of less food from this source and climatic change. The population increase has been especially notable in the British Isles.

Like other petrels, their walking ability is limited, but they are strong fliers, with a stiff wing action quite unlike the gulls. They look bull-necked compared to gulls, and have short stubby bills. They are long-lived, with a lifespan of 40 years not uncommon.

source: Wikipedia

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Hello Shir,

Superb capture.
Wonderful colours with excellent definition.
Composition and lighting are fantastic.

Hello Shir,
An absolutely beautiful image, nice light and composition, sharpness and detail are perfect.


Hi Shir,
amazing picture you posted there.
The bird is captured perfectly sharp and without overexposure.
Great POV and background.
TFS Tatjana

I really like this shot, you've managed to capture a perfect composition. The colours compliment eachother well too! I love how the fulmar is in perfect focus, you've done a great job!


Hello Shir.
Superb definition with impressive details.
A coloration is wonderful!
Excellent texture and framing.
My compliments by extraordinary work photographic.
José Roberto

  • Great 
  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-09-16 11:10]

Hello Shir,
This is a photo with a high perfection label. Wonderful warm colours and great sharpness. The contrasting colours against the deep blue BG are amazing. Excellent BG, composition, POV and DOF. Very beautiful!

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-16 14:14]

Hi Shir,
The tone of the blue in the background is amazing and it creates a very good balance and a contrast with the main subject and the foreground.Exposure control, colors, composition and pose you captured are very good. TFS

Hello Shir. Top quality shot in tight framing. I like the super sharp exposure of the plumage with the contrasting grass in the foreground. You have silenced the background really well in this very good metered shot. Best regards. Jusni

bonjour shir
excellent piqué sur cette belle photo et aussi un POV tres bien choisit qui place l'oiseau devant un BG bien flou mais qui rapelle quand même le lieux.

What color is this picture.

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