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Fast food gull

Fast food gull
Photo Information
Copyright: Jim Costello (bullybeef53) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 33 W: 5 N: 197] (943)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF75-300 III USM, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1250 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds / Aves [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-21 7:48
Viewed: 3195
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
To the best of my knowledge, this is an Adult Ring- Billed Gull (Larus delawerensis). This photo was taken in June 05, at Topsail Beach.
Some brief facts include: The ring-billed gull is a medium-sized gull. It is about 16 inches in length and has a wingspan of about four feet. It has a short, bright yellow bill with a black ring at the tip. It has white head, neck, chest and belly feathers and a soft gray back and upper wings. It takes three years for the ring-billed gull to achieve adult plumage.
The ring-billed gull eats insects, seeds, grain, fish and garbage. It is often called the "fast food gull" because it often hangs around fast food restaurants scavenging for food.
The ring-billed gull makes its home on lakes and rivers. It may move to the ocean in the winter.
The ring-billed gull returns to its nesting site well before it is time to nest to establish its territory. It usually nests in colonies on islands in lakes with other gulls and terns. A nesting site may have as many as 1,000 pairs of ring-billed gulls.
This photograph was level adjusted, cropped, framed and saved for the web.

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Hello Jim

Nice in flight vcapture of this Adult Ring- Billed Gull (Larus delawerensis). Nice sharpness and dof. The colours look very natural. The picture is a little overexposed on the back head and back of the gull. About the composition - well I know how difficult it is to get these fast birds right, but if you had zoomed out to get a little more of the surroundings you would end up with the possibillity to crop to a better composition with the bird moving into the frame instead of out of the frame.

Have a nice weekend

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-04-21 10:42]

eye is very well focused. rest of the animal is a little blurred. nice DOF for the background. interesting pose with he legs hanging down.

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