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Riding Shotgun on Newyear's Day

Riding Shotgun on Newyear's Day
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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-01-01
Categories: Birds, Ocean
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Craphawks, hawks, ..., !By Gully [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-01-02 17:48
Viewed: 6118
Points: 8
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Along the Atlantic Shore the sight of seagulls is very common. Jan 1st 2007 I decided to swing by the Coastguard building near the Government Wharf in Sambro...

Most gulls around here are not shy at all... be they old seasoned birds or - as in this photo - juveniles.

Until this bird molts I won't be able to tell for sure what kind of gull it is... We have quite the variety here. The most imposing ones being the Black Back Gulls. See more on the birds below; and here

My sense is that this specimen is a juvenile Herring Gull

This gull was flying around while i was taking shots of the fishing boats that were at the wharf because it was New Year's Day and most fishermen were at home.
I had promised the gull "Catch ya later"... See if you can see where it was

By the time I got around to focussing on the gull. he/he was sitting on the bow of a tied-off fishing boat. Whereas gulls are major scavengers, the lucky birds around here < Sambro, NS > are still on a healthy diet of seafood. With fishing boats coming and going, and undersized or unwanted catches being flung overboard these gulls are basically "hanging around"...

PS Seagulls have a rather "earthy" nickname in these parts. Does anyone know it?

Seabirds associated with the Nova Scotia Offshore/Continental Shelf include common species associated with land and coastal areas (herring- and black back gulls, great and double-crested cormorants) and truly oceangoing birds such as shearwaters, terns, jaegers, phalaropes, and storm-petrels, which migrate seasonally into Nova Scotia waters. Nesting colonies of gannets, puffins, petrels, and kittiwakes use offshore waters as a food source, with certain species sometimes flying daily to outer parts of the continental shelf. Waters off Nova Scotia are resting places for more northerly species and for overwintering waterfowl such as geese and seaducks.

FOOTNOTE: The wood in the background is brand-new [treated] wood on a newly built wharf. I would have preferred a different background, but the deng gull finally obliged and sat down where I could get a good shot!

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To anniejo: It "growed up"...Shoot_Score 1 04-26 10:14
To Alex99: It "growed up"...Shoot_Score 1 04-26 10:14
To JPlumb: It "growed up"...Shoot_Score 1 04-26 10:14
To Adanac: It "growed up"...Shoot_Score 1 04-26 10:13
To JPlumb: S.hawk! OR around here C.hawk ... ;) PSShoot_Score 1 01-02 20:43
To JPlumb: S.hawk! OR around here C.hawk ... ;)Shoot_Score 1 01-02 20:42
To Adanac: Green timbers... nasty stuff... PSShoot_Score 1 01-02 20:38
To Adanac: Green timbers... nasty stuff...Shoot_Score 1 01-02 20:36
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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-01-02 19:47]
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Hi Jay,
Great capture of a juvenile Herring Gull, LOL you don't know who bad I was hoping to catch you. The only thing I don't like is the green timbers in the background. Thanks for sharing and keep me thinking.

Hi Jay, great shot of the S Hawk. You've composed it well with great detail and colour. Good of him to set that foot of his up for you. It helps make the picture.

Thanks, John

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-01-04 10:00]
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Hi Jay.
This cute gull is model at my shots too. I like your picture very much. Its clear and rich paints, razor sharpness and perfect details, excellent lighting, perfect DOF and composition make a very strong esthetic impression. Superb done and TFS.

I was intrigued by the pattern of dark on the white feathers, a very "geometric" and interesting pattern.....
Also interesting colors appear on the photo, especially the green timbers in the BG AND the beautiful color of the gull's feet!!
Very nice!!

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