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Copyright: Jim White (jmirah) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 509 W: 5 N: 1141] (4687)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR, 67mm UV filter
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/320 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-04 4:18
Viewed: 3493
Points: 22
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Laughing Gull
Larus atricilla

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Leucophaeus
Species: L. atricilla

* Mouette atricille (French)
* Guanaguanare (Spanish)

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The Laughing Gull, Leucophaeus atricilla, is a medium-sized gull of North and South America. It breeds on the Atlantic coast of North America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. Northernmost populations migrate further south in winter, and this species occurs as a rare vagrant to western Europe. (There was an influx into North-west Europe in late October 2005 when at least 18, possibly as many as 35, individuals occurred on one day in the UK alone.) The Laughing Gull's English name is derived from its raucous kee-agh call, which sounds like a high-pitched laugh "ha... ha... ha...".

This species is easy to identify. It is 3641 cm (1416 in) long with a 98110 cm (3943 in) wingspan. The summer adult's body is white apart from the dark grey back and wings and black head. Its wings are much darker grey than all other gulls of similar size except the smaller Franklin's Gull, and they have black tips without the white crescent shown by Franklin's. The beak is long and red. The black hood is mostly lost in winter.

Laughing Gulls take three years to reach adult plumage. Immature birds are always darker than most similar-sized gulls other than Franklin's. First-year birds are greyer below and have paler heads than first-year Franklin's, and second-years can be distinguished by the wing pattern and structure.

Laughing Gulls breed in coastal marshes and ponds in large colonies. The large nest, made largely from grasses, is constructed on the ground. The 3 or 4 greenish eggs are incubated for about three weeks. These are omnivores like most gulls, and they will scavenge as well as seeking suitable small prey.


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Hello Jim,
a fantastic picture of these Gulls taken from an excellent POV with very good sharpness and timing in a spectacular mass flight, very beautiful natural colours in a very nice composition
Best regards

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-11-04 5:41]

Hello Jim.
Great timing and many elements to look at.
I like the composition and the lightness too.
Greetings and TFS.

Hallo Jim
You have captured a fantastic moment in the daily routine of these birds enjoying themselfs in the water and one of them with its "catch of the day". The water droplets falling down to the surface creates a beautiful effect. The colour and detail is absolutely beautiful, and one actually does not have to say too much looking at this scenery as the image speaks for itself. Nice control of the camera to get the results for a splendid composition. I enjoy scenes like these very much. Kind regards

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-11-04 8:28]

Hello Jim,
It's always great to watch the Seagulls in flight and this is a really great and well-timed capture! Great focus on all showing sharp details and beautiful colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

hello Jim
splendid scene the adversity of company,you froze it very well in this possible light with beautiful output in colours and in the details!
TFS keep on photographing!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-04 10:40]

Hi JIm. I like the fresh look about this picture of the gulls. They all seem to be chasing the one bird with the food. Taken with good detail and bright colours. TFS.

hello Jim

excellent photo of the Laughing Gulls that in French
we will say for this kind of photo photo prise sur le vif ,
fine POV on them, fine focus on all of them with excellent
sharpness and details, beautiful luminosity, TFS


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-04 13:41]

Hello Jim,
A typical gull scene in beautiful natural colours and good sharpness and details. Very nice composition, taken from an excellent POV.

Hello Jim
wonderful action scene of this Laughing Gulls, each one have a totally different pose but all are very sharp, i like the light effect on the birds
the water and the wave makes a superb BG
Have a good night

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-11-07 6:44]

Hello Jim,
Very well taken picture of so many Gulls in full action. Every single one seems to be in focus, not bad! And a very harmonious display of birds, like a pyramid.
I also like the fine colors of your shot and the square framing.
Very well done.
I wish you a nice weekend
Kind regards

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2009-11-20 10:33]

Howzit Jim,
Spot on exposure with pin sharpness. Great capture of these gulls all aiming for the availabe food, great shot and TFS.

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