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Shore Patrol at Sundown

Shore Patrol at Sundown
Photo Information
Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-21
Categories: Birds, Ocean
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Super -EBC Fujinon Lens Optical Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Craphawks, hawks, ..., !By Gully [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-22 0:11
Viewed: 5877
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
... aka Looking for Tasty Morsels...

Towards sundown and when the tide is low herring gulls tend to swim parallel to the shoreline looking for edible tidbits. Here is one such hunter...
< The low head-on light is a special challenge with the white uppers
of the gull; and of course the gull was swimming into the sunset... >

Herring Gull

In Canada, most seagulls are Herring Gulls Larus argentatus. The adult Herring Gull is about two feet long from the tip of its bill to the tip of its tail. Its head, body, and tail are white, its bill is yellow with a red spot on the lower tip, and its legs are pink or flesh-coloured. The backs and upper wing surfaces of adult gulls are grey, and the tips of their outermost flight feathers are black with a white spot. In winter, the heads of adult gulls are streaked with brown.

Immature birds are a mottled brown and take up to four years to develop full adult plumage.

This bird:
* may use the same nesting site for up to 20 years
* was rare along the Atlantic Coast at the end of the 19th century
* is so numerous today that it is a nuisance in some metropolitan areas and a potential hazard to aircraft near airports
* turns its eggs gently with the bill from time to time to ensure even development of the embryos

The juvenile is shown here.

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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To arfer: Very good use of lighting.It illuminates your lovShoot_Score 1 04-25 20:40
To Adanac: although the white is overexposed a tadShoot_Score 1 04-25 20:38
To Alex99: White gull feathers is OE a bit and this is so nShoot_Score 1 04-25 20:35
To pvs: I see regularly flying by on the bridgewings,Shoot_Score 1 04-22 21:45
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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-04-22 3:36]
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Hi Jay,

A nice capture of a bird I see regularly flying by on the bridgewings,it looks a bit soft on focus,anyway a fine capture with a nice note,your link on one of my shots to the bees was as well interesting to read,



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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-22 13:27]
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Hi Jay,
Nice capture of this seagull on patrol, although the white is overexposed a tad the colors and sharpness are good, thanks my East shore friend.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-22 22:18]
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Hello Jay

Very good use of lighting.It illuminates your lovely composition nicely.Good to see the gull upon the water.Good detail and colour.TFS


Nicely composed photo of the gull....commonplace at the beach, and they always seem to be "on patrol".....especially when we remove the bait from our crabpots!!
Busy as bees............vigilant as gulls!!

Hi, dear Jay.
Thank you a lot for your nice critiques, letters and workshops. I am very touched.

Pictured by you subject is so difficult for shooting and exposure. White gull feathers is OE a bit and this is so natural. However, I like this shot very much, its nice colours, details and reproduction of the movement. See you tomorrow.
Yours Alexei.

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