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Larus michahellis michahellis

Larus michahellis michahellis
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-01-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/4000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Birds of Europe [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-22 10:39
Viewed: 3517
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Yellow-legged Gull

The taxonomy of the Herring Gull/Lesser Black-backed Gull complex is very complicated. This group has a ring distribution around the northern hemisphere. Differences between adjacent forms in this ring are fairly small, but by the time the circuit is completed, the end members, Herring Gull and Lesser Black-backed Gull, are clearly different species. However, different authorities recognise up to eight species in this complex.
It is now generally accepted that the Yellow-legged Gull is a full species, but until recently there was much disagreement. For example, the BOU in Great Britain placed the Yellow-legged Gull as a subspecies of the Herring Gull, while British Birds magazine split Yellow-legged Gull from Herring Gull but included the Caspian Gull in the former. However, recent DNA research[citation needed] has shown that Caspian Gull is basal to the complex, and cannot be in the same grouping as the other form.
There are two subspecies of the Yellow-legged Gull: michahellis (named for the German zoologist Karl Michahelles), which breeds in the Mediterranean, and atlantis, of the adjacent Atlantic shores. Birds breeding in Portugal and the Atlantic coast of Galicia (and spreading north from there) are sometimes considered to be a third subspecies: lusitanius. Atlantic Ocean birds have darker wings and back by comparison, creating a more pronounced contrast to the white parts.

The breeding range of Larus michahellis michahellis is centred around the Mediterranean Sea.
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This photo is taken in Parc Natural de Cap de Creus, Alt EmpordÓ, Catalunya. Original format.

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Superb inflight capture, excellent clarity and positioning.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-01-22 11:30]

Hello Ferran,
Fantastic photo of this Gull. Great sharp details specially in the wings and beautiful light. Very good POV, composition and DOF.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-01-22 13:28]

Hola Ferran,
preciosa captura,
hermoso cielo,
que hace destacar la blanca gaviota,
bello trabajo,

Hello Ferran,
I like the 'saturated' colors in your work.
Great light.
Very sharp in-flight Gull.
Well done

Hello Ferran,
very lovely capture, good composition and pov, very good sharpness and excellent depth of field, beautiful colors and good light.

great capture!excellent sharpness.beautiful shot!!

Hola Ferran,
EsplÚndida esta soleada imagen!
Ese 1/4000 te permitiˇ congelar el aleteo de las alas de manera muy acertada, donde podemos apreciar todas y cada una de sus plumas.
Bonita pose enmarcada en ese lÝmpido cielo azul!
Enhorabuena y gracias por mostrar la foto.
Un gran saludo,

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  • dejo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 344 W: 51 N: 520] (2242)
  • [2008-01-23 11:32]

Hi Ferran,
beautiful in-flight capture of this lovely Gull, captured in very nice pose and with great DOF,
colors and details are fantastic
best regards, Dejan

Excel.lent enquadrament. Potser els blancs una mica passats de voltes en algunes zones, per˛ jo ni aix˛ jeje.
Salutacions, avui des de Bcn per feina uns dies.

J. Ignasi.

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