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Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull
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Copyright: Nemes Septimiu (septimiu_nemes) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 371] (2161)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-05-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Cibershot H2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-18 6:30
Viewed: 2971
Points: 22
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Black-headed Gull

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 (15-17½ 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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Morigann, Jamesp, siggi, jaycee, Noisette, boreocypriensis, ferranjlloret, samandi has marked this note useful
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Hello Septimiu,
This is a beautiful capture with natural colors and fine details. Great atmosphere and well composed. Excellent lighting.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-18 7:08]

Hello Septimiu

A lovely action shot. You have handled the exposure very well. The gull stands out well against the dark BG.


Salut Septi
Super captura. Putin cam zgomotoasa de la ISO probabil dar e faina. Bine prinsa pozitia.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-18 9:40]

Hello Nemes,
Very beautiful photo of this Gull. Natural colours. Very good sharpness, BG, DOF and POV. Very good composition.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Septimiu,

Nice inflight shot.
brilliant contrast.

I see a white aura around the bird. Did you make the background darker? PP work should be detailed as it helps to give proper critic.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-18 10:55]

Hi Septimiu,

A beautiful in-flight capture of this Black-headed Gull. I love the wing positions showing how graceful he is. Lovely colors and details. A nice background, composition and frame.


hello septimiu
a nice picture of this gull in flight with his wings wide open
good composition and sharpness
very well done

Hello Nemes

I like the simple composition,with a lovely diagonal look.
The focus is sharp with good detail.
Lovely clouds in the BG,there is a nice appearance to them.
Very good POV.


Hi Septimiu, a wonderful capture of this in-flight beauty with great clarity. I liked especially silver coloured BG indeed. TFS and cheers,


Hello Septimiu,
This is a beautiful capture of the Black-headed Gull. Good composition.
TFS. Regards. Ferran.

Un buen encuadre con una excelente presentación.
Me gusta también el juego de colores de todo el conjunto, aunque quizás algo justa de luz.
Un saludo Nemes: Josep Ignasi.

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