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Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull
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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/11, 1/1500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-08-24 21:27
Viewed: 3895
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Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Ring-billed Gull

This bird
will nest on almost any ground surface as long as there is water and food nearby
is a capable parent, hatching more than 80 percent of the eggs laid
is undergoing a continent-wide population explosion that has created a variety of management problems
has a variable diet that might include smelt, earthworms, insects, mice, road kill, young birds, and contributions from children’s school lunch bags


The adult Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis is a medium-sized gull, measuring 45 cm from bill to tail, having a 50-cm wingspan and weighing about 0.7 kg. Its white head, neck, underside and tail contrast with its grey wings (or back when the bird is at rest). The wing-tips are black with white spots and the legs and feet are yellow-green. A black ring encircles its yellow bill near the tip.

In appearance the adult Ring-billed Gull is similar to the Herring Gull, but the Herring Gull is bigger and has flesh-coloured legs and feet and a red dot on the lower part of the bill rather than a black ring.

Young Ring-billed Gulls are a mottled brown, much different in colouring from the adults. With each successive moult, or shedding of old feathers, they lose more of the brown and develop more of the white, grey, and black patterning. They attain full adult plumage when they are three years old.

Signs and sounds

The Ring-billed Gull’s notes are higher pitched than those of the Herring Gull. Vocalizations are a loud hiyak . . . hiyah . . . hiyah-hiyak or yuk-yuk-yuk-yuk-yuckle-yuckle. It also makes mewing squeals. Its anxiety note is gah-gah-gah.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-08-24 21:34]

Bonjour jeanpaul

The feathers and details on this gull are like the brushstrokes of a painting.A beautiful portrait.The DOF and POV are excellent.The colours are outstanding.The look in the eye is superb.Lovely OOF BG. TFS


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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-08-24 21:37]

Hi Jeanpaul,
A lovely portrait of this Gull, nice light and detail in the eye, excellent detail and colours overall. Nice clean and neutral background enhances the image, just a small spot on the right (sensor dust perhaps?).

Hi Jeanpaul.
very nice close up with a very sharp eye! Around here they call sea gulls "rats with wings" because they eat most anything.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-08-24 21:56]

Hi JP, what a superb portrait of this grumpy looking fellow! I love him! I like how he is looking at you, and the softness of his feathers. Well captured, TFS

Hi Jeanpaul,
Superb close-up of this Ring-billed Gull. Sharply focused image. Great exposure and contrast. Well seen and appreciated.

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  • edal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 374 W: 48 N: 413] (1853)
  • [2006-08-24 23:55]

hiyah-hiyak Jeanpaul!
Your macro is of great quality! We have these Laruses too - people call them here Glaruses. They are rather noisy waking tourists at early dawn. I find them very cute in their white feathering. Yours too - it is so serious;)
All the best!

Bonjour Jeanpaul,
What a beautiful portrait, with such great colors and really beautiful light. Excellent sharpness and a super DOF. A pitty of the two little spots on the right.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2006-08-25 3:33]

Jean Paul vous me faites découvrir cette espèce de Goéland à bec cerclé au travers de ce cliché de qualité. Note en français instructive aussi... Compliments et merci pour le partage.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2006-08-25 4:01]

Hi Jeanpaul,

Nice macroshot of this gull. I like the sand on the bill and the sharp eye. Well done!


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  • HELO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 6 N: 54] (352)
  • [2006-08-25 4:51]

bonjour jean paul
très beau goeland
et très bons détails et très belle couleurs
BG très bien
attention il vous surveil !!!

Hello JeanPaul

Lovely close portrait. Nicely composed with very good exposure. Very good eye contact. Nice to view. Thank you!

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-08-25 5:12]

Hi Jeanpaul, excellent portrait. Great lighting, excellent details especially the eye and a very good POV. Very well done. Perhaps using the rubber stamp tool in Photoshop will get rid of the censor dust spots on the right (top and bottom). TFS.

Hello JP, excllent Portrait, Perfect details, Bg, POV DOF nice composed and framing photo, very crisp, well Done, TFS Kyle

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-08-25 8:01]

Salut Jeanpaul,
Pretty close and so relaxed. You found a great model. Good crop and excellent sharpness. Very well captured.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-08-25 10:35]

Hi Jeanpaul,
Great close-up, with a lovely light, beautiful details and bg and a good posture. I like the eye and the composition.
TFS, José M.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-08-25 12:01]

very good head Jeanpaul,
great close up, good point of view and very good details, I like the way you made the shot, very good job.
gr. jaap

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-25 14:37]

Hi Jeanpaul

Great shot, the feather detail is superb and the colours are excellent the background is great and really compliments the image.

Regards Hilary :)

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-25 15:05]

Great light and BG. The feathers look so soft. POV is wonderful

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-08-25 15:29]

Exquisite image Jeanpaul

+ composition, POV, DOF, focus, color, clarity, notes, framing, background, lighting (excellent control of whites).

= nothing

Congratulations and regards... Ricardo

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  • cosmln Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 201 W: 12 N: 493] (1952)
  • [2006-08-25 15:41]

hi Jeanpaul,

this portrait is perfect.
all detail of the feather can be seen and the eye is just perfect.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-08-26 4:11]

Hello Jeanpaul,
Amazing portrait.Details on black feathers,expression on face,clear eyes,POV,framing and composition are excellent.

Bonjour Jean-Paul,
Quel beau portrait de cet oiseau. Les détails sont excellents et on distingue bien la subtilité de son plumage. Très bel éclairage et j'aime bien la couleur de son oeil :) Merci,

bonjour JP
je publierais bientôt une photo de goeland argenté.
le votre presente de bons details dans le plumage grace a une bonne exposition,c'est un beau portrait.
il existe un proverbe breton sur les goelands qui permet de connaitre la meteo!!
je vous le donnerez si cela vous dit!

it's a very nice portrait :) great details, sharpness, saturation, amazing composition, really great work, well done
regards, koleta

Hi friend!
Perfect details and clarity... Also perfect colors and light...
Take care Ana:)

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-30 15:23]

Excellent portrait,le raproché est parfait et les détails sont bon.

Félicitations JP.<


Hi Jean Paul,

Very beautiful bird!! Excellent sharpness. You can almost count it`s feathers! Great DOF
Very nice

TFS Greetz Kristy

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  • Rita Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 31 W: 18 N: 30] (116)
  • [2006-09-03 16:33]

Que beleza... que ternura! Optima definição e composição neste ternurento e fantástico registo. Parabéns

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  • gazo Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 72 W: 0 N: 13] (91)
  • [2007-02-04 0:20]

C'est champion comme composition et comme portrait. Détails superbes.

Hello JP,
Attractive framing!
Fine portrait of the bird, excellent details in the plumage...
Focus is spot on in thiks fine composition!
Pablo -

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