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Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull
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Copyright: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D (Rebel XTi), Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital ISO-800, Hoya 77mm UV Filter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-12 1:14
Viewed: 3146
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here's a 1st winter Black-headed Gull.
There's so many of them down by the river at the moment that I just had to post a photo of one :-)

I hope you like it!

Black-headed Gull - Larus ridibundus

Gulls (Laridae)

Not really a black-headed bird, more chocolate-brown - in fact, for much of the year, it has a white head. It is most definitely not a 'seagull' and is found commonly almost anywhere inland. Black-headed gulls are sociable, quarrelsome, noisy birds, usually seen in small groups or flocks, often gathering into larger parties where there is plenty of food, or when they are roosting.

Where to see them
The commonest inland gull, particularly in N England, Scotland and Wales. Large colonies along the south and east coasts of England.

When to see them
All year round.

What they eat
Worms, insects, fish and carrion.

Thanks for looking!

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Hi Joe!

You are right to share this picture with us, it's nice and shows us fine details of the Gull. The colour of the blurred background help to highlight them. i also appreciate the short and instructive notes.

Kind regards


Excellent portrait of this pretty Gull, Joe.
There is a tender expression in the bird's eye which you have captured very well.
I too was at the river side these last two days and shot some water birds.
TFS and all the best.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-12 3:02]

Hello Joe,
What a lovely close portrait of a Black-headed Gull! I like its winter plumage, lovely and white! Excellent sharpness and afine contrasting background.
TFS and cheers, Ulla

An astonishingly fine portrait of a "laughing" gull Joe, what were you doing my friend, holding the bird in one hand while photographing with the other, or what? Beautifully reproduced details indeed!

Hi Joe,
Excellent close-up of this juvenile Blac-headed Gull; good POV and composition, good lighting, sharp fine details.

I can see you have your lens back from service, hope its OK now.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-12 7:08]

Hi Joe.
This gull is widespread in our places and so attractive model for shooting. I also like to photograph it. Your portrait is very nice and delicate. Exposure and reproduction of the feathers and other cute details of the bird are refined. BG also is attractive and looks like canvas in first-class studio. My compliments.

hello Joe
great shot
good sharpness and nice details of the head
greeting lou

You must have been up very late last night..or I went to bed early. Very nice work. I could spot this one in thumb as yours right off. and you actually added a frame...how keen. Nice eye Joey!

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-12 9:14]

Hi Joe,

I only get to see gulls when I travel :-( A wonderful up close and personal portrait with excellent colors and details. I love the magnificent eye. I'm not usually a fan of frames but this background and frame are perfect.


Hi Joe,
A nice portrait of this beautiful black headed gull. Superb composition and lovely details with very good DOF. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-12 12:26]
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Hi Joe. Good close up of the Gull. As you say more brown the black. Good detail and light in the eye. The bird stands out well from the BG. well done TFS.

Any new on a lens yet.

Beautiful portrait and technically very "clean" image

Great capture of this juvenile gull Joe.
I'm wondering if it is the same gull we have.
Our Black Headed Gull is quite large, and the head does look quite black.
They are very common along the shoreline here, but also frequent rubbish dumps and town centres too.

Hello Joe

Super colours and light.
The POV is terrific.
Excellent sharp focus and details.
A real beauty.


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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-01-12 17:55]

Hola Joe.
Nice to see Your excellent gallery, full of great photos again, You see i have been very very busy las days, just until today I have a chance to admire photos from all of You.
Have an excellent New Year.

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-13 1:05]

Hi Joe,
Beautiful portrait.POV,framing,BG,clear eyes,expression on face and details are perfect.
Thanks for posting.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-13 8:17]

Hello Joe,
This is avery special picture, a little bit like a painting. Interesting composition and great harmony of colors. I like it a lot.
Bonne soirée

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-01-13 20:47]

Hello Joey, nice closeup shot and a beaituflly presented. The eye and the beak in the frontal POV is lifting the picture. Well done Ganesh

Ciao Joe, fantastic portrait with wonderful light and wonderful golden BG, splendid details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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