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Copyright: Norbert Gorski (hekcik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Pentacon 4/200 MC, RAW ISO 200
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-04-19 12:52
Viewed: 3654
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Polish]
Valley Sluzewiecka, black body :-)

he Black-headed Gull, (Larus 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.

This gull is 38-44cm long with a 94-105 cm 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, which 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.

The Black-headed Gull is the prefectural bird of Tokyo and the Yurikamome mass transit system is named after it.


5210'05.49" N
2101'51.58" E


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-04-19 13:43]

Hi Norbert
Great flyt shot.Good POV, sharpnes and background.
Well done


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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-04-19 15:06]

Hi Norbert,
Fantastic action shot!
Excellent composition with good details and focus.
Very good one!

Hi Norbert, I like your shot, is like one of mine in TN you can see.
The focus is OK also the colours and framing.
Well done.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-04-19 18:21]

Hi Norbert,
I think this is a difficult shot as the bird is heading straight towards you, normally these kinds of shots are out of focus but this is spot-on. Nice subtle colours and good DOF, nice work!

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-04-21 2:15]

Hello Norbert!
Excellent in flight capture.I liked cross framing,POV,details and composition a lot.TFS...:-)

Witaj Norbert,
Swietna fotka, pewnie nie jest latwo cos takiego zlapac. Ja nawet nie mam zamiaru probowac ;-)
Kadr i ostrosc sa super. Bardzo mi sie podoba.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-04-21 12:03]

hola Norbert.- Veo tu foto muy buena, la accion siempre es dificil, lograste una buena postal, tiene muy buen contraste y POV. Luis52

Hi Norbet,
Great in-flight. The light has created a wonderful rim lighting effect which separates the bird from the background well. Great timing giving good eye contact with the bird. Exposure is well handled.


Piękny kadr. Cudownie uchwycona chwila.


Hi Norbert,
I like the composition, nice 45 degree presentation. Cool POV with interesting light.
Nice sharpness and good detail,
Well done and TFS!

  • Great 
  • valdec (383)
  • [2006-05-14 17:40]

Piękne, naturalne, doskonałe

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