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Ring-billed Gull - First Year

Ring-billed Gull - First Year
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-31
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S5 IS, 1.5 Teleconverter
Exposure: f/4, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-11-16 7:26
Viewed: 3237
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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. In some areas, it is displacing less aggressive birds such as the Common Tern.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-11-16 7:31]

Hello Jane,
Great shot . Very good sharpness, very good details and great POV. Very good job. This is a great composition and excellent note too. Well done. Thank you.Regards

They're EVERYWHERE!;-) I have several jokes to fill in the blanks about Miami Beach but I will hold back:-) I had relatives down there for many years and we spent much of our summers there..not much of a beach in Miami Beach as there are up a bit north like Daytona and such..I prefer the other side in Sarasota...gulls though..yes...same ones...good catch. You got some good use out of swollen legs..and that is a guess. Mine get swollen each time I fly.

Hi Jane,
A nice capture of this beautiful sea gull. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-11-16 8:56]

Bonjour Jane, nice to see pictures from Miami, where the water is all over the place. I guess you enjoyed it very much before going back home! I like your picture, the blue of the water adding colour to the somehow monochrome picture. The bird is the same colour of the small rocks. I envy the light, the beautiful light, warm and friendly. Here, it's been so grey, just like November can be. Wish you well!


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-11-16 8:56]

Hi Jane. A fine close up of this Young Gull. You have taken it with good detail and natural colours. A good low POV/DOF. we could do with some of that blue sky. well done TFS.As always inetersting notes too.

Hi Jane,

nice pov and composition of this juveniel Gull.
Great details and beautiful natural colours.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-11-16 10:59]

Hello Jane, a nice shot of that very well known bird! :-) Good light and exposure and great details, well done!


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-11-16 12:23]

Great shot of this young Ring-billed Gull.
Very good composition.
A clear POV.
Great detail and sharpness.

Well done, Jane!

Hi Jane, lovely little gull with fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-11-16 13:59]

Hi Jane,i like a lot the position of this gull,is very proud to is choose from you to take a pic to upload on TN..ehehe....fantastics details and colors,my best compliments,Luciano

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-11-16 14:53]

Hi Jane

Great shot of this immature gull. Nice pose and detail.


Ciao Jane,
splendida immagine di questo giovane gabbiano, bella composizione con BG blu del mare e prospettiva diagonale, eccellente definizione, belli e saturi i colori.

Hi Jane,
Very beautiful capture of this juvenile Ring-billed Gull with good pose, low POV and nice composition, sharp details and natural BG.

hello Jane

excellent shot of the Ring-billed Gull with fine POV and framing,
proud pose of the bird, excellent sharpness and details, TFS


This looks well exposed and sharp to me. I like the diagonals and triangles of your composition. The size and placement of your subject is good.

Evelynn : )

Hi Jane,
Well composed - I like the diagonal split of your frame with the blue water there..
Good detail and exposure too :)
Have a great week,

Hello Jane,

Fantastic capture of this beautiful gull.
Wonderful colours with excellent detail.
Lighting and focus are splendid.

Hello Jane

A very good presentation of this juvenile Ring-Billed Gull.
They are a staple around these parts.
Excellent focus and sharpness of detail.
The colours are exactly as they look.
Very good relaxed pose,the water is so deep blue it really adds a wonderful accent to the shot.


Hello Jane, a lovely bird shot in all aspects. i love its face:) cute...
TFS and greetings,

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