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This Gull is crying after me

This  Gull  is crying after me
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Copyright: jeanpaul Bolduc (jeanpaul) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2097 W: 99 N: 3518] (14962)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/750 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Craphawks, hawks, ..., Best of TN by Glem [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-30 20:17
Viewed: 4676
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 62
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Ring-billed Gull
Larus delawarensis

The Ring-billed Gull is probably the most abundant gull species in North America. It has increased in numbers since the 1950s, most likely due to the abundance of waste food, scavenged mainly at landfill sites. It breeds at inland lakes across southern Canada and the adjacent USA states. In Alberta, it may be seen anywhere during the warmer months.

Arriving by mid March, the first Ring-bills rest on gravel bars in the Bow River at Inglewood Bird Sanctuary in Calgary. As the ice melts, they spend nights on the waters of Glenmore Reservoir and Elliston Park. Breeding birds soon disperse to their colonies, from Lake Pakowki in the south to Lake Athabasca in the north. In the Calgary region, a significant colony existed at Frank Lake near High River prior to alterations which affected water levels. Some may still be nesting there. Another colony exists(ed?) at Irricana. Non-breeders are regulars in urban areas, perched on light standards, watching for discarded food items. After breeding is completed and the young have dispersed, populations greatly increase locally. At times, 25,000 or more birds gather to roost on the Glenmore Reservoir, until their departure for coastal areas in late November.

Initially, Ring-billed Gulls were dependent on fish and other aquatic species, alive or scavenged along shores, and during summers on insects, particularly grasshoppers, meadow voles, birds' eggs and young. In addition, they now glean leftover human food from fast-food lots, schoolyards and landfill sites. Like other gulls, they readily follow the plow, for upturned insect larvae and worms, and boats for aquatic organisms churned to the surface.

Nesting occurs in dense colonies, often with other gulls, usually on islands. The nest, on the ground, consists of a vegetation, feathers and any available rubbish. Usually three eggs are incubated for about 23 days. The young can swim at an early age. They are fed by both parents until able to fly.

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Hello Jeanpaul
Excellent framing of the shot and informative note. Exposure of the whites is very good with little or no blown highlights. I would have liked a little more light on the eye, but no other suggestions.

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-01-30 21:02]

nice capture good focus but you should lighten it a bit.

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
Amazingly big mouth...well capturing this moment.
Very nice potrait, very nicely framed.
Well done.

Ben Lakitan

Hi dear jeanpaul ,
very interesting moment.
great work.
excellemt details , sharpness and colors.
well done.
thanks and regards

Hi JeanPaul

Excellent timing! What a huge mouth. Good exposure too. Well done! TFS.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-31 1:50]

Hello Jean Paul,
Excellent capture.I liked moment you caught,framing,simple BG and composition a lot.have a great day.

Hello JP,
What a bigmouth!
Moment is well captured, to show this fine bird in a different pose!
Good colours and fine details, subject is well framed...
Pablo -

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-31 3:39]

Hello JeanPaul,
I know these guys are loud, but my goodness he has his beak open very wide. This portrait is well detailed with good color. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-01-31 3:57]

Hello JeanPaul,
Interesting action shot showing the extent of the gape of a Delaware Gull. Excellent details of the tongue and nostrils and the comp. is pleasing.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hello JP, nice shot with a great moment captured with the bill wide open!!
Good colors and natural light.
Excellent details.

hi jeanpaul!
really a nice one with great
and funny pose!
good work in the perfect timing!
well done!

Hi JP,
I like the moment rather than picture. Nice details of eyes and beak.I didnt like the POV though. but there are some things that that we can not control.


Hi Jeanpaul,
Beautiful capture.
Perfect timing.
Very clear details and sharpness.
I like the POV a lot.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-01-31 6:01]

Hi Jeanpaul

Another splendid close-up on a bird's head, but this time a splendid pose, too.
The timing here is impeccable and you managed to catch this gull in a great "scream-position" :))
The details are again very beautiful and the colors nice.
Great BG, too.

Bravo and TFS

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2007-01-31 7:46]

Very nice capture JP with wonderful standpoint.

Composition: ****
Sharpness: ****
Color: *****
Lighting: ****
Background: *****
Framing: *****
DOF: *****
Focus: *****
POV: *****
Frame: *****
Note: *****

I like like it stands out the silhouette of the bird on the sky of the bottom.
Best regards... Ricardo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-01-31 7:47]

Bonjour Jean Paul,
Est-ce qu'il tire la langue ou anxieux fait-il gah-gah-gah? Magnifique portrait de goéland. Bien vu et saisi au juste moment.
Meilleures salutations

Hello JP,

Excllent colors BG POv DOF perfectly done on the capture with excllent details I really like this POV alot well done

TFS Kyle

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2007-01-31 12:13]

Hi Jeanpaul,

What perfect timing!!! That mouth is fantastic. Wonderful closeup of the Gull.


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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-01-31 12:40]

Hi Jean Paul,
What a mouth this Gull has :)
Nice clear details and sharpness.
The point of view is great.
Well done.

Ciao Jeanpaul, an other wonderful portratit of a splendid gull with the bill wide open, wonderful colors, great pose, lovely details, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-31 14:22]

Hi Jean Paul.
Impressed close-up and POV. Captured moment is selected perfectly. The lighting is excellent: the bird is illuminated and reproduced nicely. Your cropping is very good too. My best wishes and TFS.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-01-31 17:27]

Hello JeanPaul,
with this wide open mouth you lucky its not biting you ;-)!
Excellent sapture, the sharpness is fabulous. I love the POV and the corp. Very well composed and the frame works very well.

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  • fthsm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 172 W: 56 N: 512] (3689)
  • [2007-01-31 17:41]

Nice details and composition. I think it can eat everything.
TFS Paul.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2007-01-31 19:12]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Cool moment! So was the gull thanking you for a crumb of bread tossed, fussing at you because you didn't toss a crumb, or something else?
Good composition and POV w/ great timing!

Salut Jean-Paul,
Qu'elle belle prise originale :))) J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage et ces superbes détails. Je crois que c'est la première fois que je vois la langue d'un Goéland d'aussi près. Il semblait bien contrarié, qu'est-ce que tu lui as fait? C'est excellent avec un bel éclairage naturel, bravo!

bonjour jean paul
superbe attitude de ce Goéland que tu a su capturé belle couleurs et bonne netteté bravo


Hej Jeanpaul!
Bardzo dobry moment :(. Znudzony ptak. A tak naprawde to bardzo dobry portrecik z akcja. Ostrosc, kolory i rozmyte tlo - super.
Gratuluje i pozdrawiam serdecznie - Roma

That is one impressive yawn, figure the odds of catching just that moment! Nice work!


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  • irimi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 34 W: 2 N: 49] (266)
  • [2007-04-03 5:57]

Salut Jeanpaul,
This is an very nice portrait of a seagull. You have captured incredible moment. I liked the sharpness and the exposure. Bokeh looks very nice. well done.

Hi Jeanpaul,

Great timing to catch this bird with his mouth wide open. Ive never seen a gull's tongue before. nice job.

Bonjour Jean-Paul,

Une bonne prise de vue de ce goéland qui s'exprime, la photo a une bonne composition, netteté et de belles couleurs. Bonne journée.


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