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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-09-15
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-19 21:26
Viewed: 2899
Points: 22
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It was not until I came home and uploaded the pictures to my computer that I saw the hook on its beak. I hope the hook is not skewering its beak closed. It is sad to see the impact of human carelessness on wildlife.
I do not know what species of gull it is, except that it is a juvenile.
Any help with the ID would be most welcome.

Some interesting FAQs about seagulls:

How do you tell male gulls from females?
There's no easy way without direct contact with the gull. They both share similar coloring. The only real external visible difference is, females are usually slightly smaller than their male counterparts.

Can seagulls drink salt water?
Yes, seagulls can indeed drink both fresh and salt water. Most animals are unable to do this, but seagulls have a special pair of glands right above their eyes, specifically designed to flush the salt from their systems through openings in the bill. That is why you'll see seagulls near large bodies of water such as the Great Salk Lake where fresh water may be hard to find.

What is the average lifespan of a seagull?
Seagulls live anywhere between 5 to 15 years depending on their environment and predators. The average is probably closer to 7 to 10 years. Some individual gulls have been known to live over 25 years.

How long does it take a seagull egg to hatch?
Seagull eggs are laid and nested two to three at a time, and it takes about 26 days from laying to hatching. It really depends on the gull species. But for herring gulls, the above guideline is fairly accurate.

Do seagulls attack people?
There have been reports of seagulls attacking people. Usually, this is a lone gull and not a group of gulls. A single bird has been known to attack a particular individual over the course of an extended period of time, so perhaps they also hold grudges! Generally, I do not believe that gulls are prone to attacking people, as the reports I have heard have been few and far between. However, any injured bird will attack anyone, so be careful when handling them!

What do seagulls eat?
Seagulls will eat just about anything, from fish to small rodents. You can feed them french fries and pieces of bread, and they know how to break open clams and other shellfish to get to the good parts.

How come I never see baby gulls?
Seagulls are protective of their young, and before six months of age or so, they continue to nest as their parents bring back food, regurgitated for their pleasure. After reaching juvenile age, you'll see these young gulls flying with their adult counterparts. They look similar but are slightly smaller, with a more mottled coloring.

Where do seagulls sleep and/or live?
Seagulls usually live far from predators such as humans. You can find them on offshore and otherwise uninhabited islands. You can also find them in abandoned barns and other large buildings, dumping grounds, sea cliffs, and other remote areas. Gulls are known to sometimes live many miles away from where you see them during the day.

Do seagulls migrate?
Some gulls do migrate, especially ones in the northern parts of the world, such as Alaska. Like other migratory birds, they go south during the winter to where the pickins' are better. The migratory patterns vary widely depending on where they reside in the summer, but they can travel thousands of miles to find better food sources.


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Oh this is NICE!
wow.. DOP is so perfect.
Sharpness is great.
And the color and lighting works well.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2007-09-19 22:54]

Hello Manyee,
This is tragic and it happens quite often here as we have a long coastline and many lakes where fishing is a popular pastime.
Excellent capture of this Gull in profile. Very sharp details and beautiful light bring out the natural colours. A good illustration of man's impact on nature.
Many thanks, Ulla

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  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2007-09-19 23:38]

Hi Manyee
intersting picture showing well te human impact on natue. imho iwould have cropped the right part to get the gull off the center and to have a bit more space on the left, the direction the gull is looking at.
great anyway

Hola Manyee.
Una triste imagen por eso del anzuelo en el pico de la gaviota, pero hay que reconocer la gran calidad de la fotografía.
Buenos tonos y excelente DoF.
Buena nota. Saludos, JL.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-09-20 0:33]

Hi Manyee,
It indeed is a poignant reminder of what humans are doing to natural environment and habitats. I feel so sad for the Gull. Anyway a sharp image with neat details and colours on its plumage. The lighting, focus, DOF and BG make the shot absolutely perfect. Excellent POV and very nicely composed. Kudos.

Hello manyee,
Looks like a 'beach boy' this one...
Miss a bit the towel and a MP3 player...:-))
Well done; nice compo and POV and DOF.
Saw the hook after reading your note...

super cette image, bonne macro, couleurs et netteté parfaite, bon BG flou
félicitations et merci du partage

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2007-09-20 6:16]

Hi Manyee
Very sharp image with excellent details in the plumage and very nice BG.It is very sad to him stock with that hook.
TFS Michel

Hi Manyee,
Yes it is pity full. This poor little gull would be facing lots of problem. Hope some conservator org spots it and rescue soon. The capture is excellent fine details and composition. Sorry I don't know the ID. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Good one! And that happens all too often - me - I'm growing less and less fond of hobby fishermen, as they are often quite destructive, inconsiderate of their environment and don't seem to find it necessary to clean up the mess they leave behind - maybe it be torn lines, hooks or beer cans....
Good detail in this portrait.
Cheers, Klaus

Hi Manyee,
Very sad to see this poor fellow with a fish hook embedded in its bill, hopefully it'll fall out, it seems to be in a spot that is not too life threating. Great shot anyway, I really like how you filled the frame. :)

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