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Herring Gull

Herring Gull
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender, RAW ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-05 1:11
Viewed: 3676
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A Herring Gull in breeding plumage at Bempton Cliffs nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)

In: Herring Gull Ca: Gavià argentat de potes roses Da: Sølvmåge De: Silbermöwe Es: Gaviota argéntea Fi: harmaalokki Fr: Goéland argenté It: Gabbiano reale nordico Nl: Zilvermeeuw No: Gråmåke Pt: Gaivota-prateada Sv: Gråtrut US: Herring Gull Ru: Серебристая чайка

The Herring Gull is everybody's idea of a seagull, being present throughout the year at coastal cliffs, beaches, harbours and towns. It is also familiar at inland sites in winter, especially reservoirs and refuse tips. Its pale grey back separates it from the Black-backed Gulls and its larger size, more menacing profile and red-spotted beak distinguish it from the Common Gull. First winter birds are harder to separate from the similar-sized Lesser Black-backs though they are slightly bulkier and the feathers of the wing and mantle show more extensive pale markings, making their upperparts look blotchy rather than mostly dark. In flight the inner primaries are noticeably paler than the rest, making a diagnostic pale panel.

Breeds on coastal cliffs, sand dunes and buildings. Winters on estuaries, lakes, reservoirs, coasts and rubbish tips.

The populations are mostly resident, with some dispersal, but birds breeding in the most northerly regions migrate SW to the Baltic and the North Sea

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-05 2:27]

Hi Pekka,
Lovely capture of this Gull in natural habitat.POV,framing,lighting and comosition are wonderful.
Thanks for posting.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-05 3:15]

Hello Pekka,
Very beautiful shot and superb focus. Well presented.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Pekka, beautiful gull well captured in natural habitat, splendid focus and lovely composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Honestly I can say that this gives me goose bumps..I am that afraid of particular heights....especially when it is so sheer a drop straight down.....How in the world....oh nevermind..even if I knew I would not try..I can barely look as it is..fine transference of mental energy through photo!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-05 10:19]

Hi Pekka,

An unusual shot of a gull standing on the cliff. The setting is beautiful and the gull looks wonderful as he takes a good look around with his well-defined eyes. I love the composition.


Hi Pekka, wonderful capture of this beatiful gull on rocky resting site with fine details and sharpness.
TFS and cheers,


hi Pekka!
beautiful portrait of this Larus argentatus
taken with excellent classic pose on overhanging rock english

best sERGIO

Hi Pekka
Great shot of this Herring Gull against the backdrop of the Bempton Cliffs. Good exposure and detail especially as the cliff is in shadow.
Kind Regards

Hello Pekka,
Very good shot and and great capture of this "Gavià argentat de potes roses" Larus (=michaellis). NIce compo and sharpness!!!! in the habitat. Well done
TFS. Ferran

hello Pekka

for me this one is one of your best photos,
i love the place where is stan this Herring Gull,
shot with very fine POV and framing,
excellent sharpness and details, TFS


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-06 4:14]

Hej Pekka,
Excellent focus on this Herring Gull on the clliff shelf. Beautiful colours too and a fine composition.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-08 18:00]

Hello Pekka,
I love your images from the cliffs, they are always so great, as is this one. Setting, composition details and colrs are all spot on, great work Pekka.

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