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*Ring-billed Gull*

*Ring-billed Gull*
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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-09-21
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya 67mm UV
Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-08 14:18
Viewed: 3471
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Just came back a couple days ago from a nice trip to
the US with visits to New York, Boston, Niagara Falls,
Toronto, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. As i am still
going through all 6000 photos i took during those 2
weeks i do not have a lot of time at the moment - so
here is a short hello to all the great friends on TN! :-)

This is a Ring-billed Gull i could capture at the
South Street Seaport in New York.


The Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) is a
medium-sized gull.

Adults are 49 cm length and with a 124 cm wingspan.
They have a white head, neck and underparts and a
relatively short, yellow bill with a dark ring. The
back and wings are silver grey and they have yellow
legs. Their eyes are yellow and their outer rims are
red. This bird takes three years to reach its breeding
plumage; its appearance changes with each fall molt.

Their breeding habitat is near lakes, rivers or the
coast in Canada and the northern United States. They
nest colonially on the ground, often on islands. This
bird tends to be faithful to its nesting site, if not
its mate, from year to year.

They are migratory and most move south to the Gulf of
Mexico and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North
America, also the Great Lakes.

This gull is a regular wanderer to western Europe, and
in Ireland and Great Britain it is no longer classed
as a rarity, with several birds regularly wintering in
these countries.

These birds forage in flight or pick up objects while
swimming, walking or wading. They also steal food from
other birds and frequently scavenge. They are
omnivorous; their diet may include insects, fish,
grain, eggs, earthworms and rodents. These birds are
opportunistic and have adapted well to taking food
discarded or even left unattended by people. It is
regarded as a pest by many beach-goers because of its
willingness to steal unguarded food on highly crowded
beaches. The gull's natural enemies are rats, foxes,
cats, raccoons, coyotes, eagles, and dogs.

In the late 19th century, this bird was hunted for its
plumage. Its population has since rebounded and it is
probably the most common gull in North America.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ring-billed_Gull]

Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 21.09.2008 13:00:26
Aufnahmemodus P (Programmautomatik)
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/320
Av (Blendenzahl) 11.0
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
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Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 200
Objektiv EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Brennweite 85.0 mm
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Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit geringer Geschwindigkeit

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Nice Passport photo!! a little tight, nice BG, tfs.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-10-08 22:51]

Hi Thorsten.
Top quality image of a fine gull. You managed to reflect all feathers and other charming details of the bird. Lights, colours and sharpness are ultimate. I like very nice and suitable for your almost white model dark smooth BG, Framing is perfect as well as all other components of photo skill. Bravo and best wishes.

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-10-09 2:47]

Hi Thorsten,

Nice to see an upload of you again,and from the other side of the water,the details are superb in this capture,I as well like the way how you composed/cropped the image tfs


H Thorsten,

Excellent close up of this gull.
Nice colours with detail.
Lighting and composition are good.

nice portrait.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-09 11:52]

Hello Thorsten,
An excellent close portrait of an immature Ring-billed Gull showing the head from a fine side POV with superb sharpness and lighting. The dark OOF natural BG is a fine contrast.
TFS this beauty,

Hi Thorsten,
Excellent portrait!
Good details and exposure.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-09 13:13]

Hello Thorsten,
excellent seagull portrait, very nice composition and choice of format, sharpness looks great and the exposure on the feathers is spot on.
Regards Siggi

  • Vinster Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 91 W: 5 N: 185] (789)
  • [2008-10-13 5:22]

Hi Thorsten
Wonderful headshot of this gull. Terrific detail right down to the flecks in the eye.
Have fun going through your 6,000 pictures! ;p
Kind Regards

Hi Thorsten,
Very nice portrait of this Gull with excellent details and contrast between the bright bird and dark background,

Hello Thorsten,

You did very well with this Ring-billed gull and I like this contrast between the white feathers and the dark bg. Excellent POV and good composition by anchoring the gull to the bottom-left corner.

Great job and TFS!


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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-10-25 18:34]

I find the seagull a very willing model at times.
I do like your profile shot here Thorsten. This one looks like an immature one - slowly changing into an adult.
Very good focus and sharp details.
Well done

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