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Silver Gull

Silver Gull
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Copyright: Murray Lines (mlines) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 556 W: 26 N: 668] (3116)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, UV Filter
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-05-26 3:34
Viewed: 3312
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Seagull wades through shallow water at the Spit Marina where a small beach has formed next to the seawall.

Gulls are birds in the family Laridae. They are most closely related to the terns (family Sternidae), auks, and skimmers, and more distantly to the waders. Most gulls belong to the large genus Larus.

They are typically medium to large birds, usually grey or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. They have stout, longish bills, and webbed feet. Gull species range in size from the Little Gull, at 120 g (4.2 oz) and 29 cm (11.5 inches), to the Great Black-backed Gull, at 1.75 kg (3.8 lbs) and 76 cm (30 inches).

Most gulls, particularly Larus species, are ground nesting carnivores, which will take live food or scavenge opportunistically. The live food often includes crabs and small fish. Apart from the kittiwakes, gulls are typically coastal or inland species, rarely venturing far out to sea. The large species take up to four years to attain full adult plumage, but two years is typical for small gulls.

Gulls the larger species in particular are resourceful and highly-intelligent birds, demonstrating complex methods of communication and a highly-developed social structure. Certain species (e.g. the Herring Gull) have exhibited tool use behaviour. Many species of gull have learned to co-exist successfully with man and have thrived in human habitats. Others rely on kleptoparasitism to get their food.

Two terms are in common usage among gull enthusiasts for subgroupings of the gulls:

Large white-headed gulls for the 16 Herring Gull-like species from Great Black-backed Gull to Lesser Black-backed Gull in the taxonomic list below
White-winged gulls for the two Arctic-breeding species Iceland Gull and Glaucous Gull
Hybridisation between species of gull occurs quite frequently, although to varying degrees depending on the species involved (see Hybridisation in gulls). The taxonomy of the large white-headed gulls is particularly complicated.

In common usage, members of various gull species are often called sea gulls or seagulls. This name is used by laypeople to refer to a common local species or all gulls in general, and has no fixed taxonomic meaning.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-26 11:33]

Hi Murray.
What a nice shot of this fine gull and terrific surroundings. The water surface is looked and reproduced amazingly as well as the reflection of all details of the gull especially colour tones. You have written a very nice note too. Excellent complete and fine work. My best regards and TFS.

Hi Murray, conditions look a little dark but you've still managed to pick up excellent detail on this guy with good action in the water. I believe this guy is a Silver Gull.

Thanks, John

Hello Murray,
Good details are captured, and the surroundings tell me this is a real SEAgull..!
Nowadays it is my impression they are all over, replacing the fish diet with about anything...
Fine sharpness and good details, well composed presentation!
Pablo -

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 893 W: 0 N: 507] (1853)
  • [2007-05-29 1:57]

Hello Murray,

I like the small air bubbles around the Seagull those wades through shallow water, also the red circle around the eye, lovely image.

Best regards,

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  • delic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 440 W: 6 N: 310] (898)
  • [2007-05-30 7:50]

Hello Murray,
The gull is nicely captured with good exposure and focus on the eye. The muddy water he's wading on looks interesting as well. Looks curious with the bubbles. Regards,

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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2007-06-01 7:57]

Hi Murray,

a fine shot, great colours and i really like the bubbling water by his feet. Nice pose and POV, good work!

Hoe you are well,


Howdy Murray

I can clearly see the red legs and beak on this Silver Gull!
Great capture! I like your compo here. At the same time I can't resist the urge to wanna zoom, zoom, zoom...

We are fortunate here because with this photo you can do a few things,.. There is no annoying content, the water in the B/G and the mucky mud in the F/G allow for you to cut and trim almost anyway you like. I have done a "zoom" and then a scaling to 130% to get a closer look. See WS. Tfs, Jay

PS "Others rely on kleptoparasitism to get ... " Hmmmmmm ;)

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2007-06-09 21:02]

Hello Murray,
this looks great, the wonderful blue tones of the water makes a great backdrop for this silver gull.
POV, colors and details are wonderful.
Excellent composition with great sharpness and excellent framing.

Hi Murray,

I like this picture, one of your best imho. I am partial to birds. Technically there a no nits here. Well done.


Hi Murrau,

A nice image of the silver gull, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.


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