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Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull
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Copyright: Denis Mark (dmark11) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 9 N: 655] (2633)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-04-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 60D, 100-400 4.5-5.6L
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-04-13 19:36
Viewed: 2930
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) is a medium-sized gull.

Adults are 49 cm (19 in) length and with a 124 cm (49 in) wingspan. The head, neck and underparts are white; the relatively short bill is yellow with a dark ring; the back and wings are silver gray; and the legs are yellow. The eyes are yellow with red rims. This gull takes three years to reach its breeding plumage; its appearance changes with each fall moult.

Their breeding habitat is near lakes, rivers or the coast in Canada and the northern United States. They nest colonially on the ground, often on islands. This bird tends to be faithful to its nesting site, if not its mate, from year to year.

They are migratory and most move south to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America, also the Great Lakes.

This gull is a regular wanderer to western Europe. In Ireland and Great Britain it is no longer classed as a rarity, with several birds regularly wintering in these countries.

Ring-billed Gull with seahorse. Sanibel Island, Florida.These birds forage in flight or pick up objects while swimming, walking or wading. They also steal food from other birds and frequently scavenge. They are omnivorous; their diet may include insects, fish, grain, eggs, earthworms and rodents. These birds are opportunistic and have adapted well to taking food discarded or even left unattended by people. It is regarded as a pest by many beach-goers because of its willingness to steal unguarded food on highly crowded beaches. The gull's natural enemies are rats, foxes, cats, raccoons, coyotes, hawks, eagles, and dogs.

In the late 19th century, this bird was hunted for its plumage. Its population has since rebounded and it is probably the most common gull in North America. In some areas, it is displacing less aggressive birds such as the Common Tern

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Hello Denis
Excellent photo!! The composition, the colours and the sharpness are fantastic

Hi Denis,
excellent point of view. Amazing colours. Very good sharpness and composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hi Denis,

Wonderful image of The Ring-Billed Gull, fabulous natural low lighting with lovely rich colours,
Superb sharpness and well done,
Best Regards,


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-04-13 22:04]

Hello Denis,
A fine portrait of Ring-billed Gull in a magnificent pose taken from just the right POV-
The composition on the slope is perfect and the colours, lighting and sharpness against an OOF natural BG contribute to an image that is great to view.
Thanks for sharing this beauty,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-04-13 22:08]

Hi Denis,
Excellent photo of this Ring-billed Gull, very interesting species for me, TFS!

Hallo Denis,
a very beautiful portrait of the Ring-billed Gull taken from an excellent point of view with superb sharpness, fine eye and ring-billed details, splendid natural colours, nice composition
Best regards

Hello Denis,
Lovely image of this Ring-Billes Gull with great light, sharpness is excellent and the details are great, wonderful colours of gray and white,
Thanks for sharing, have a nice day,

Denis Hello, very nice this gull, with a splendid light and a perfect control of whites. An excellent image. All the best, Paul

Hi Denis,
Excellent capture for this nice gull.
Impressive focus eye and fantastic colours.
Thanks for sharing

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-04-14 6:13]

Beautiful gull with excellent details and composition. tfs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-04-14 10:57]

Hello Denis,
Very beautiful photo of this Ring-billed Gull. Excellent sharpness, details and beautiful clear colours in a nice white balance. Great DOF and composition and taken from a very good low POV.

Hello Denis,
You captured this bird in a beautiful pose with great sharp details and natural colours. I also like low POV. Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-04-14 14:07]

Hi Denis,perfect pic of this gull whit a fantastic white balance,sharpness and details.Very nice pose and point of view too.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hello Denis

This is an excellent and very beautiful photo
of the Ring-billed Gull, great POV, DOF and framing,
beautiful light, great focus sharpness and details,
great details of its plumage, i love the bokeh
of the foreground with showing details, TFS


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