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Squabbling Gulls

Squabbling Gulls
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-08-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of New Zealand [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-08-18 4:44
Viewed: 4702
Points: 43
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Squabbling Red-Billed Gulls
Tarapunga (Maori)

This red-billed seagull is the most common of NZ’s seagulls and always seen. It is a grey/white bird with bright red bill, legs and feet. Adult red-billed gulls have red beaks and red legs. Young red-billed gulls have a brown beak and legs.

Gulls can most often be seen at the beach, where they eat small marine creatures (hoppers, crabs and shellfish), but they also spend time at the dump – because they are good at scavenging food scraps that people throw away. They are always on the search for food from anywhere they can find it.

Gulls live in flocks, so they have to get along with each other. Gulls squabble but they don’t really hurt each other, and they warn each other about danger.


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Hi Janice
what a funny picture! exposure just great and lovely colours, great compo and nice bg well arranged with the red bills

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-08-18 4:53]

Hi Janice. What a great compostion. with one behind the other. Very good detail and colour. the bill and eyes have sharp focusing. ,with a nice POV/DOF. very well done TFS, good notes too.

Morning Janice,
A two headed gull?..howed you do dat! ;)
Nice exposure, details, color, and POV. An interesting, albeit unusual post today mf..And your gull should see a specialist right away! That beak sticking out of the back of it's head, and swollen throat should be looked after ;-}}
Well done!

Hi Janice,
a wonderful shot, I like the illusion that the gull has two beaks ;-) Bye and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Janice,
An unusual POV along with an unusual subject make for an interesting photo. I have never seen a seagull like these. Nice focus on the difficult white. Bright vivid colors show well against the semi-dark BG. Well done.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-08-18 6:05]

Good morning (when you get this) Janice,
Stunning double capture of the Red-billed Gull stretching his neck like his companion behind him the two making a fine image. I also like the detail of the nearest, his beady white eye with red border making it look like a little target. Nice contrasting dark BG.


This photo makes me smile, since at first glance it looks like a single gull with a beak on each side of its head. Cleverly done!


Hello Janice
Wonderful shot of these Red-Billed Gulls ,
Perfect composition,DOF and BG,
Fantastic colors and POV,Welldone.

Good Luck

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-08-18 8:10]
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Ah Ha! So this is another in the series (without the wry commentary, I see (^o^))
GReat colours and details, fun composition, fine notes.

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  • falke Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 153 W: 18 N: 479] (1863)
  • [2007-08-18 10:05]

This is almost graphic! Very lovely with the warm colours of the bills and the calm BG. Amazing looking birds!


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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-08-18 11:32]

selam , excellent shot and very good composition nice pov and bg with splendid colours.good details presented
Well done !
Regards ridvan

Hi Janice
Good photo. A little deceptive at first from the thumbnail, ' A bird with 2 beaks, what!!!' hehe. It looks good and the colours are very vivid on the beaks and the eye is so sharp.
well seen,

Hi Janice,

My first impression was the same like Matt's. What's that. A bird with two heads?? Nice exposure, details, color, and POV. I have never seen a seagull like these. So you see we are not to old to learn (-: Thanks for sharing and the interesting notes. Regards and TFS Bob

hello JANICE
bravo pour cette présentation originale, les couleurs sont nettes, l'oeil ressort tres bien,
bien vu, merci a toi, amitiès

salut janice
this white on black bottom with the red nozzle arises well with the screen, beautiful clearness of this photograph,

Hello Janice, outstanding and funny pic, exceptionnal exposure, wonderful vivid colors very well satured and beautifull background,
well done,

Stark contrasts, whites and reds. Really sharp image. Well done.


Hello Janice,
This is a very original picture :) I like the way it is composed and exposed. Those red beaks surely stand out well on this beautiful grey BG. This is well seen! Thanks,

First I just looked - thought you had found a bird with two beaks! Marvellous pose and a very good photo, Janice!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2007-09-12 22:43]

Hello dear Janice,
I come back after holidays and I discover this strange bird with 2 beaks :-)) Exposure, sharpness and DOF are very good. Bravo for this funny photo !

Hallo Janice
Thanks once again for your visit and positive comments. It has only been an adventure and incredible learning experience but I would not have been able to achieve any of this if it was not for Loot’s incredible knowledge in the technical aspects of photography and the love he has for nature that rubbed off on me. I am sure you will soon start to get fed up with me, not returning to your latest posting. Please bear with me. I have missed out so many beautiful photos and it will take a while to catch up. This is such a lovely close-up you have of the "Squabbling Red-Billed Gulls". The red eye and shiny red beak is adorably stunning. Red and white is definitely a perfect match. The blurred gull with its open beak in the background rounds of this photo well. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

Hi Janice,
Very beautiful composition & sharp photograph of the squabbling Red-Billed Gulls. The expression & details of the eye is too good. TFS.

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