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Copyright: omer sozer (eng55) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-18
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF500/4L IS + 1.4x II
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/3000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -5-, jacqueline's favourites [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-12-07 0:04
Viewed: 5422
Favorites: 4 [view]
Points: 120
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello TN friends,
Thank you for critiques and nice words on my previous post.
This photo was taken at Tuzla-Istanbul nearly 1.5 years ago.His victim was a crab:)
Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Yellow-legged Gull

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Larus
Species: L. michahellis

The Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) is a large gull of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, which has only recently achieved wide recognition as a distinct species. It was formerly treated as a subspecies of either the Caspian Gull L. cachinnans, or more broadly as a subspecies of the Herring Gull L. argentatus. It is named after the German zoologist Karl Michahelles

It is now generally accepted that the Yellow-legged Gull is a full species, but until recently there was much disagreement. For example, British Birds magazine split Yellow-legged Gull from Herring Gull in 1993 but included the Caspian Gull in the former, but the BOU in Great Britain retained the Yellow-legged Gull as a subspecies of the Herring Gull until 2007. DNA research however suggests that Yellow-legged Gull is actually closest to Great Black-backed Gull L. marinus and Armenian Gull L. armenicus, while Caspian Gull is closer to Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull L. fuscus, rather than being each other's closest relatives.
There are two subspecies of the Yellow-legged Gull
Larus michahellis michahellis Naumann, 1840. Mediterranean.
Larus michahellis atlantis (Dwight, 1922), syn. Larus fuscus atlantis Dwight, 1922. Macaronesia (Canary Islands, Madeira, Azores). Birds breeding on the Atlantic coasts of Morocco, Portugal and Galicia (and spreading north from there) are usually also included here, but are sometimes considered to be a third subspecies L. m. lusitanius. Atlantic Ocean birds have darker wings and back by comparison with Mediterranean birds, creating a more pronounced contrast to the white parts.
The breeding range is centred around the Mediterranean Sea. In North Africa it is common in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and increasing in places. Recent breeding has occurred in Libya and Egypt. In the Middle East a few breed in Israel and Syria with larger numbers in Cyprus and Turkey. In Europe there are colonies all along the Mediterranean coast, and also on the Atlantic islands and coasts north to Brittany and west to the Azores. It also breeds on the west side of the Black Sea; here it overlaps with the Caspian Gull but there is a difference in habitat, with the Yellow-legged Gull preferring sea cliffs and Caspian Gull on flatter shores. In recent decades birds have spread north into central and western Europe. One to four pairs have attempted to breed in southern England since 1995 (sometimes hybrid pairs with Lesser Black-backed Gulls), though colonisation has been very slow.

Many birds remain in the same area all year round but others migrate to spend the winter in mild areas of western Europe or head south as far as Senegal, the Gambia and the Red Sea. There is also extensive northward post-breeding dispersal in the late summer, with numbers in southern England high from July to October. It is reported as a vagrant to northeastern North America and Nigeria.
Nominate L. m. michahellis, ElbaAdults are similar to Herring Gulls but have yellow legs. They have a grey back, slightly darker than Herring Gulls but lighter than Lesser Black-backed Gulls. They are much whiter-headed in autumn, and have more extensively black wing tips with few white spots, just as Lesser Black-backed. They have a red spot on the bill as adults, like the entire complex. There is a red ring around the eye like in the Lesser Black-backed Gull but unlike in the Herring Gull which has a dark yellow ring.
First-year birds have a paler head, rump and underparts than those of the Herring Gull, more closely resembling first-year Great Black-backed Gulls in plumage. They have a dark bill and eyes, pinkish grey legs, dark flight feathers and a well-defined black band on the tail. They become lighter in the underparts and lose the upperpart pattern subsequently. By their second winter, birds are essentially feathered like adults, save for the patterned feathers remaining on the wing coverts. However, their bill tips are black, their eyes still dark, and the legs are a light yellow flesh colour.
The call is a loud laugh which is deeper and more nasal than the call of the Herring Gull.
Yellow-legged Gull eating a pigeon. Barcelona.They are omnivores like most Larus gulls, and they will scavenge on rubbish tips and elsewhere, as well as seeking suitable prey in fields or on the coast, or robbing smaller gulls and other seabirds of their catches.
Yellow-legged Gulls usually breed in colonies. Eggs, usually three, are laid from mid March to early May and are defended vigorously by this large gull. The nest is a sometimes sparse mound of vegetation built on the ground or on cliff ledges. In some places such as Gibraltar they have started nesting on buildings. The eggs are incubated for 27–31 days and the young birds fledge after 35–40 days.
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hello Omer
excellent moment and timing and her freeze, great photo output!
keep photographing! TFS

Ömer bey selamlar,
Usta işi ...
Güzel zamanlama, detaylar mükemmel.FK'da lens EF 800 mm olarak hatırlıyorum...
Emeklerinize sağlık,

Hi Omer.

This is one good action photo great timming and details.
Cheers Dave

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-07 0:27]

Hello Omer.
The greatest wildlife pictures are not only of perfect quality (like this one surely is) but are in way or another unique.
This is such a picture.Best regards Siggi

Hello Omer,
another spectacular capture, excellent POV and perfect timing, superb sharpness and very beautiful natural colours in a very nice composition with a great visual impression
B est regards

Hi Omer.
Yours picture is verry good.
Great moment to capture this bird.
Congratulations and greetings.Alin.

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-07 1:09]

What a great and dynamic capture!
The details are very sharp, the colors are wonderful.

Hahaha:)çivileme dalış diye ben buna derim:)
zamanlama müthiş dostum. Super olmuş. Her karen olay zaten:)
İyi bir hafta sonu dileklerimle... ellerine ve emeğine sağlık.


Merhaba Ömer Bey, süper aksiyon karesi:) Müthiş zamanlama.
Tebrikler ve elinize sağlık.

Omer bey harika...bundan daha fazla ne beklenebilir ki? zamani dondurdunuz resmen. Emeginize saglik.

Hi Omer,

SUPERB action shot
Excellent timing
great sharpnes and natural colors

TFS Thijs

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  • bedri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 111 W: 0 N: 237] (1284)
  • [2009-12-07 3:52]

:) Süper birşey bu, ellerine sağlık Ömer ağbi..
Selamlar saygılar,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-12-07 3:53]

Merhaba Ömer,
A superb well timed capture of this diving juvenile Yellow-legged Gull. The sharpness and lighting are superb and I like the way the bill is just touching the water.
Thanks and have a good week,

great capture, TFS Ori

Simplemente genial Omer !!!

Enfoque, luz, composición y como no, gran OPORTUNIDAD en la captura.
Una toma esprecial y diferente: enhorabuena.

Abrazo: J. Ignasi

hello Omer

this is a superb photo of the Gull on that pose, perfect timing
from you, you clicked the camera at the best moment,
i am with out words Omer ! i love much more that
we see the gull from his underparts on that pose,
last summer one time i tried a similar photo
and had never could to get the same image like yours
with the beak touching the water, TFS alot


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-12-07 6:22]

Incedible capture Omer!!!
Perfect timing while displaying wonderful detail and beautiful colors!! Tac sharp focus with great exposure!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2009-12-07 6:31]

Haha, Omer! That is a great image!
Very unusual POV of this gull diving headfirst.
Very sharp action shot. Excellent exposure.
What good timing!
TFS?: )

Ömer bey muhteşem. Tam bir aksiyon. Oldukça keyifli bir çekim.
Emeğinize sağlık.

Ciao Omer, great action shoot with this gull in fantastic pose, wonderful composition, splendid timing, very well done, ciao Silvio

The split-second movement of the Gull poised for a dive has been frozen in time in this mind-blowing picture, Omer.
As I keep on saying, it is worth its while to wait for your pictures.
How you manage such a shot with the chosen camera settings is a miracle that only you have performed time and again.
Hats off to you once again and thanks a lot for releasing this image for us amateurs' wonder and benefit.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-12-07 7:27]

Hi Omer.
Simply fantastic image in all respects. My hearty congratulations and thanks for this masterpiece. Brilliant moment, unbelievable timing and precise exposure parameters. Sharpness, exposure and colours of the image impress the imagination. Bravo. Great work.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2009-12-07 7:30]
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Hi Omer

No need to get into the technical aspects of this photo, because the difficulty degree
overrides anything else. That said I have to hastily add that technically it is absolutely
superb. However, the main issue with this posting is the moment. It is not just any
moment, but it is an "AWESOME MOMENT". Timing was everything.

The spreading wings was caught a split second just before the bird probably had to
close it to steel itself for the impact with the water. The preparation and positioning of
the feet to make itself as aquadynamic as possible (compare with aerodynamic) in
order to create the least resistance under the water. The reflection on the water surface
and even at 1/3,000 second shutter speed the sensors did not miss it. The bird was
perfectly frozen in mid air at the very moment when its beak started to penetrate the
water. SUPER shot MF. I just love it. The only question is: "Why did you hide the shot
for so long?"

Well done and TFS.

Great moment you got here. Excellent timing with the upcoming droplets. Beautiful colours. Good sharp focus, low POV and composition.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-07 9:41]

Hello Omer,
Fantastic photo in a perfect timing of this Yellow-legged Gull. Very good natural colours, sharpness and details. A bit noisy in the BG. Very nice composition.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-07 11:16]

Hi Omer. What more can i say about this picture that has not already been said. I must say its a first class inflight picture. Your timing and detail is spot on. Congratulations.

Hello Omer,

Fantastic photo.
Timing,colours and details are superb.
Good composition.

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2009-12-07 12:08]

Ömer bey heyecanı bol dinamik bir çekim yapmışsınız.
Emeğinize sağlık.

hello Omer
this is a super sharpness picture on the right moment
super colours
greeting lou

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2009-12-07 12:42]
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Ömer Bey,
Bu nasıl bir güzelliktir böyle!Valla hayranlık duygumuzu fena halde tahrik ediyorsunuz ama bakalım nasıl yansıyacak:) Şaka bir yana gerçekten usta işi.İçtenlikle kutluyorum.

Hello Omer,

Just on time with this picture with good pov and details.
Fine colours.


Hi Omer..
Excellent photo...Great action pose you catch....Well done...

A timely shot quite well managed Ömer, the perfectly frozen motion of the favourably illuminated gull provides the observer with a large amount of plumage and colouration details. TFS my friend.

Ömer Bey merhaba
muhteşem karelerinizi zevkle izliyorum. her biri ayrı güzel, bu da harikulade olmuş. zamanlama, çekim, pozlama ve açı; her şeyiyle mükemmel olmuş. elinize sağlık. karelerinizi daha sık görmek dileğiyle, saygı ve selamlarımla iyi geceler.

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  • Mello Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
  • [2009-12-07 16:43]

Incredible MF Omer.
I have no words to say about this image, just congratulations. Perfect!
Thanks for posting and have a nice week. See you on TN.
Best wishes,

Merhaba Omer,

This is truly a fantastic moment, capture & composition. Very well done, taken & presented. TFS & best compliments.

Salam & regards


Günaydın Ömer Bey, muhteşem bir zamanlama. Bayram hocanın dediği gibi tam Çivileme dalış:) Elinize sağlık.

Ömer Bey harika bir an. Süper aksiyon karesi Elinize sağlık.
Bana dedike edilen fotodaki iyi dilekleriniz için de teşekkürler. Selamlar.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2009-12-08 3:17]

Hi Omer,isn't easy to found words to comment a fantastic pic like that! Another time the perfect timing is your secret and you show us all your class in this work....my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-12-08 3:56]

Hello Omer,
A terrific and well-timed capture of this Gull as it is just about to hit the water! Excellent focus showing great details and the light and colours are perfect too.
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

hello Omer!
fantastic timing for this capture...
really a few seconds upon impact with the water..good sharpness and details

greeting sERGIO

Hallo Omer
Time is currently chasing me but, in short I want to say:………..
Wow, absolutely stunning photography in all aspects. Words are not needed, the image speaks for itself. Bravo, bravo – a photographic artist at work, which is what you are with the images you have been sharing lately. A great scene, which I did not only enjoy looking at, but appreciated for its genuineness. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards from a very humid Empangeni.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-08 8:07]

Ne kadar güzel yakalamışsınız, müthiş olmuş.
Ellerinize sağlık Ömer bey.

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-12-08 12:02]

Merhaba Omer,
Olağanüstü yakalamak. Splendid görüntü. Ben ne kadar zor onu yakalamak için olduğunu biliyorum. Detaylar harika.
Sessiz bir akşam,

Hello Omer
i have never seen i shot like this, what a great timing !!!
absolutly superb image taken perfectly i all aspects, colors, action, sharpness
POV and composition
Have a good night

İyi geceler,
Mükemmel bir zamanlama nefis bir çalışma ve renklerde harika.
elinize sağlık.

Hi Omer!

Congratulations for this outstanding picture. The impact of the subject you present us is terrific and the frozen dynamism creates a particular effect. Your exposure settings explain why everything is perfectly sharp.

Your notes are instructive and interesting, too.

Kind regards


Perfect timing, Omer!
Simply perfect timing!

hello omer!
ahh what a great situation!
very nice to see!

Wonderful capture this Yellow-legged Gull !
Position in the water is fantastic.

Hello Omer,
Great capture with lovely details and excellent sharpness.
Wonderful background.

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  • mlines Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
  • [2009-12-11 23:39]

Hi Omer. Superb timing for this remarkable shot. The clarity showing its concentration and folded feet is wonderful to see on TN. TFS. Murray.

PS good advertisement for your camera and skill to freeze the moment.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-12-14 18:13]

Needless to add to all the comments for this picture, but what a timing, it is so perfect! Once I start looking at it, my eyes just won't quit the bird, the way its bill is diving in the water, the ripples on the surface of the water, the legs of the bird folded on its stomach... wow.


Ciao Omer. Only a word: Masterpiece!

ps. Nice to meet you! Yor gallery is indeed impressive. Soon.


Hello Omer! Wonderful scene. Ideal moment. Fantastic dynamic scene. Perfect shot. Great effect. Well done!

Not even a "PROFESSIONAL" photographer could match this register.
OUTSTANDING!!!, is the only word I can use to describe this image. Highly educative notes.
Friendly regards,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-01-20 4:19]

Merhaba Omer,
this motion is so professionally frozen in absolute right moment. a split of a second and a powerful picture indeed. You have so many first class shot and i hope all these brings you satisfaction.
as for me, this such a satisfying view that seldom encountered.
What a splendid piece of work.


Muhteşem bir an
Emeğinize sağlık Ömer Bey selamlar

Hi Omer
Wow, I can't believe I missed this action shot. Great timing! Excellent clarity during the descent into the water. It's very interesting to see how this Gull enters the water at such a speed. Well done and thanks for sharing.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-26 17:05]

Hello Omer,
Incredible, incredible timing here and to freeze it so well at the very instant that the gull breaks the surface. Superb work Omer thank you for sharing.

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