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~Preening~
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Copyright: Debbie Linkevics (deblink) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 307 W: 6 N: 363] (1258)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon Ef 90-300mm 1:4.5-5.6
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-07-12 22:35
Viewed: 3904
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This image was captured at Breakout Wetlands in a suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. The seagull I know is very common but I like the way this one was on the post and preening itself. I don't know about the rest of you but I can only see one foot.

Gulls are birds in the family Laridae. They are most closely related to the terns (family Sternidae) and only distantly related to 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 - for example many gull colonies display mobbing behaviour, attacking and harassing would-be predators and other intruders.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gull

Cheers,
Debbie

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fantastic tone and details.

mario

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-07-12 23:33]

Hi Debdie

Great pose and expert exposure handling - it is difficult to retain details whilst photographing gulls.

James

hi debbie!very beautiful!and nice catch of the white colors!
great sharpness!a great shot!
tfs
caroline

Hello Debbie,
Good image.
Well composed. Good moment.
Well done
TFS
Annick

hi debbie,
lovely capture, i liked the pose very much, the dark bg gives nice contrast to the white bird, you have managed the exposure well, nice focusing, sharp image with good details,
well done,
tfs & regards
pankaj

Hi Debbie,
Great timing to get this preening pose. The image is crisp clear and well exposed. Quite a shock to see this gull with only one foot. But also relieve that it seem to be in good health and adjust to the handicap well.
JC

Hi Debbie,
Nice pose for this seagull. There are alot of gulls in SA, Im from Adelaide originally and you do see far to many there sometimes. However you have captured this one well. The dark background brings out the white plumage very nicely. Good colours and depth, a good photo,
regards
Matt.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2007-07-13 6:57]

Oh ho Busy bee :)...Nice capture Debbie,good exposure,nice perch it got.TFS!

Magnifique, grandiose, superbe composition et très beaux détails et belles coleurs.
Bravo
Marie

Hi Debbie,

This is a very nice shot!
Very nice details and POV !

TFS
Alex

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-07-13 20:34]

Hello Debbie

A lovely relaxed pose ,with wonderful clarity and rich ,deep colour saturation.I only see one foot too,he must have lost his foot in a misadventure,but seems to appear healthy and well adapted to standing on tuther.Nicely composed.Very good POV and DOF.TFS

Rob

Hello Debbie,
The white plumage is very well exposed, great textures and fine details are the result!
Lovely composition, clean and simple... Action is well frozen!!
Greetings,
Pablo -

:-) OK-

Hello Debbie,
Outstanding in sharpness and details
best pov of this captured!
thanks for sharing
cheers
Tony

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-07-14 15:05]

Debbie, this is really very beautiful.

Excellent sharpness and pose. I do enjoy the contrast between the bird and the bg.

Hi Deb,
Great capture of this seagull! Good sharpness and details in the plumage and I like how you caught it on the post. A shame it lost one foot, though it seems to be managing ok. Well done and TFS
Cheers Tina :-)

Hi Deb.
Great capture. I like the simplicity. And his pose. And yes, it seems he does only have one foot. I remember often seeing gulls with legs and feet missing. Maybe big seagoing creatures take a nibble now and then! And I didn't know this was called 'preening'. Thanks for that. Well done.
Cheers from Romania. Steve.

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2007-07-15 8:09]

Nice simple composition with excellent exposure and very realistic colors. Well framed and presented.

Helo Debi
Beautiful bird i her day life activite
Lovely shot
Bravo
Cheers,Braca

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-07-17 6:16]

Hola amiga,
maravillosa captura,
excelente textura, colores y pov,
saludos

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  • smitha Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 348 W: 73 N: 1165] (4409)
  • [2007-07-18 19:59]

WOW! Debbie, this is a superb shot. Wondeful composition with excellent sharpness, details and POV.Good exposure and good moment caught.
Thanks for sharing it, Smitha.

Hello Debbie this is excellent so sharp and detailed, nicely contrasting with the dark back tfs rgds Necip.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2007-08-21 12:35]

Cześć Debbie. Dobre zdjęcie, świetna ostrość i kadr. Perfekcyjna ekspozycja. Pozdrawiam Robert.

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