Air Walker I-One Legged
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|This image is the first part of the air walker series that I'll post in the following days. The series include 4 photos of black headed gulls which I encountered during my boat trip from Istanbul to Yalova. Thanks to people who have a habit of feeding gulls flying by the boat with bagels so that I could take these interesting shots. Hope you like it.|
The 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. Some birds will also spend the winter in the northeastern United States.
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.
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Very nice shot of bird,
Great moment to shoot,
wow, this is original. TFS Ori
Harika bir bakış açısı. Ama ayağı için üzüldüm.
- [2006-10-24 15:33]
Unusual capture of the Black-headed Gull with fine lighting. This shot is well-composed and sharp. Well done!
TFS, regards, Ivan
What a wonderful shot! you got him in such an amazing posture - wings vertical - head horizontal and leg hanging there - WOW
I just love that!
TFS - Shir
- [2006-10-24 18:57]
Bu feribotta defalarca simit attýðým martýlardan biri :)
Her 15 tanesinden birinin ayaðklarýndan biri aynen bununki gibi yoktu ve dikkatimi çekmiþti.
Güzel zamanlama, güzel fotoðraf.
- [2006-10-24 22:01]
Bonne capture nature,la pose de l'oiseau est acrobatique et amusante.
- [2006-10-25 18:13]
Gran captura en vuelo Can con excelente control de la luz, mostrando buenos detalles incluso sobre el difícil plumaje de color blanco.
Perfecto congelamiento en el aire, con agudeza y foco.
El detalle de la pata... un bonus adicional.
Muy buen trabajo... gracias por su publicación.
Great capture in flight Can with excellent control of the light, even showing good details on the difficult plumage of white color.
Perfect freezing in the air, with sharpness and focus.
The detail of the paw... an additional bonus.
Very good work... thank you for their publication.