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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: 2006-08-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Pentax *ist D, 70-300mm f4-5.6
Exposure: f/9.5, 1/750 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Craphawks, hawks, ... [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-08-19 23:58
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Points: 48
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Ring-Billed Gull

The Ring-Billed Gull is a medium-sized gull that is often called the "sea gull." This bird used to be quite abundant, and was called the Common American Gull. It was killed for its feathers (mostly used in hats), but has now recovered from a drastic decline in population numbers; it may be the most abundant gull in North America. This sea bird is found along ocean and lake coasts of North America. The life span is about 10 to 15 years. These water birds make a high-pitched squawking sound and a ky-eow sound.
Anatomy: The Ring-Billed Gull is about 18 to 21 inches (45-53 cm) long with a 20 inch (50 cm) wingspan. It weighs about 1.5 pounds (0.7 kg). Adults (who mature at three years of age) are mostly white; juveniles are a mottled brown.

Diet: Ring-Billed Gulls are carnivores (meat-eaters) who hunt in the sea. They eat fish (including smelt), earthworms, insects, small rodents (like mice), and even roadkill.

Predators: Predators of the ring-billed gull include the coyote, fox, raccoon, dog, mink, rat, great-horned owl, and others.

Reproduction: Like all gulls, the ring-billed gull is a colonial breeder; it nests along inland lakes and along the seacoast with hundreds of other gulls. Females lay 3 buff-colored eggs in each clutch. Nests are made of grass and plant stalks.

Classification: Kingdom Animalia (animals), Phylum Chordata (animals with a notochord), Subphylum Vertebrata (vertebrates), Class Aves (birds), Family Laridae (gulls and terns), Genus and species Larus delawarensis.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-20 0:02]

Hello Jeanpaul

Lovely photo of this big mouthed gull.I did not realize they could stretch their beaks so wide.Lovely colours and excellent POV.TFS


Bonjour Jean-Paul !
Wow, wotre timing a été parfait ! Vous avez réussi à figer l'oiseau avec son bec grand ouvert ! :-) Les détails, les couleurs et la composition sont excellents, de même que l'arrière-plan flou ! Félicitations !

good shot Jeanpaul,
the capture is well choosen, the gul is well taken in point of view, the crop on the tail is a little small but even that very good job.
gr. jaap

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-08-20 2:58]

Hi Jean-Paul,
TFS a good, well composed clear shot as well as the info.
Regards, Ivan

Hello Jeanpaul
This gull has an incredibly big mouth. Maybe a big yawn? Very good capture.

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Cette photo me fait bien rire! Quel timing vous avez eu, de toute beauté! Les oiseaux ne se cachent pas pour bailler et celui-ci le fait sans aucune pudeur! Très bons détails et bien vu! Merci!

Ciao Jeanpaul,
bella foto di gabbiano;
Ottimi i particolari ed i colori, bravo!


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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-20 7:45]

Hi Jeanpoul
Good shot.Tired gull. Good colours, sharpnes, details and POV.
Well done Jeanpoul


Hello JP, excllent shot, with this sea gull, perfect timing, excllent colors very crisp shoeing excllent texture on the feathers, Nice work, TFS Kyle

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-20 9:05]

Bonjour Jeanpaul...

+ composition, lighting, DOF, sharpness, POV, focus, notes, background.
= framing.

Regards... Ricardo

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-08-20 10:27]

Hello JeanPaul
A great capture of this lovely seagull! Excellent timing with its beak wide opened! Really well caught!
Also very nice POV, excellent details and colors. Very good framing and composition, too.

Bravo and TFS

Hello Jeanpaul,
Superb picture of this seagull. All deatails clearly seen. POV and DOF are great. Very well done and TFS.

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-20 10:55]

Salut Jeanpaul,
great shot, I love this POV a lot, nice blurred back ground with still seeing enough details to get a nice sense of the souroundings. Great pose from this gull, excellent shaerpness and the colors are great. Very well done.

Good Morning Jeanpaul,
Nice shot with very good sharpness, detail, DOF, and pose..I think that beak is open about as far as it will go :)
Well framed with nice light, color, and OOF BG.
Very nicely done & TFS!

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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-08-20 13:54]

bonjour très beau goéland
belle photo très bons détails aissi que les couleurs
bon BG...

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-20 14:54]

Good timing - he looks like he is bored and is having a big yawn. I love the red tongue. Good composition, details and BG as well

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-20 16:07]

Fantastique prise JP,l'action de l'oiseau est superbe et les détails du plumage sont parfaits.


Hi, Jeanpaul.
Nice gull. Excellent expression. Sharp, with good exposure.

On attraperait presque sommeil en voyant cette image !
Bonne journée.

Hello Jeanpaul,
very good moment you captured! Very nice composition! Great sharpnes, details and colours - great POV too. Very well done! TFS.

Hello Jeanpaul,

Excellent capture.
Very good DOF, amazing sharp and colors.
Very well done!

TFS :-)

Hi Jeanpaul,
Nice capture.
Excellent framing and sharp detail.
Well done.
TFS Malgosia

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  • Gudule Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 248 W: 11 N: 288] (1204)
  • [2006-08-26 21:42]

Hé bien Jean-=Paul, fallait être là au bon moment et précis en plus. Félicitations pour cette prise vraiment superbe. Une telle chance, on ne l'oublie pas. J'aime beaucoup l'arrière-plan aussi. Le sujet a toute sa valeur. Très belles couleurs de l'oiseau.


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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-08-30 9:55]

Hi JP!
It's a great catch - giving an idea about the sharpness of bird's beak. Excellent focus, combined with shallow dof makes it an outstanding "portrait"

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