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Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull
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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-01-10
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark III, Canon EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM, RAW ISO 800, Canon EF 2x Extender II
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-01-10 12:06
Viewed: 3685
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An adult Ring-billed Gull at Westcliff-on-Sea. This gull is quite rare winter visitor in Europe from North America.

Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis)

In: Ring-billed Gull Ca: Gavina de Delaware Da: Ringnæbbet Måge De: Ringschnabelmöwe Es: Gaviota de Delaware Fi: rengasnokkalokki Fr: Goéland ā bec cerclé It: Gavina americana Nl: Ringsnavelmeeuw No: Ringnebbmåke Pt: Gaivota-de-bico-riscado Sv: Ringnäbbad mås US: Ring-billed Gull Ru: Кольцеклювая чайка

Ring-billed Gulls are intermediate in size and character between Common Gulls and Herring Gulls, not as gentle-looking as the former or as robust as the latter. An adult Ring-billed Gull will have an obvious black ring near the tip of the pale bill, but this is also true of Armenian Gulls and some Common Gulls so you should look for the paler grey mantle, heavier-looking head, thicker, less-tapering bill, paler eye and narrower white tips to the tertials of a Ring-billed Gull. In first-winter plumage both Common and Ring-billed Gulls have already acquired grey mantles so the pale back colour of a Ring-billed should already be obvious. Such a bird would also have bolder dark markings than a Common Gull, especially on the breast and flanks but also on the head, mantle and uppertail which therefore looks less neatly defined than in a Common Gull. The thicker, straight-edged bill and pale mantle of a Ring-billed Gull may be more suggestive of a Herring Gull which, second winter plumage, looks similar to first-winter Ring-billed Gull. If you’re not sure about the subtle differences in size and structure, notice that the whole wing of a Herring Gull looks uniformly barred, (including the tertials and greater coverts) whereas on a Ring-billed Gull only the middle part of the wing is barred.

Increasingly frequent visitor from North America. Occurs most regularly at coastal sites such as estuaries but also inland at gull roosts.

It is thought that some birds regularly move back and forth between Europe and North America and it is likely that there is a quite sizeable population on this side of the Atlantic.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-10 12:12]

Hi Pekka. You used your 400 and the converter on this picture of the Gull.and you still have good detail and sharp focusing on the bird. I like the low POV and DOF. with natural looking colours. all with interesting notes . well done TFS.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-10 12:14]

Hello Pekka,
You certainly latch on to the rarities in Britain and this capture of a Ring-billed Gull is first class!
A great full frame POV from a fine low POV on the beach and with high technical quality.
Well done and thanks for sharing this one,
Kind regards,

Hello Pekka,
Great picture with fine detail and good DOF.
It seems pretty good at 800 with extender.

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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-01-10 12:36]

Hi Pekka
Nice capture. Well done.
Razvan Zinica

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-10 12:41]

Hello Pekka
Wonderful shot of this Ring-billed Gull .
Perfect focusing,soft natural lighting and composition. Superb shot my friend.
Best regards Siggi

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2009-01-10 12:43]

Hi Pekka

A great shot - good pov and excellent detail. Well seen and captured!

Greetings from Chile.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-01-10 12:46]

Hello Pekka,
Beautiful photo of this special Ringsnavelmeeuw. Excellent low POV and very sharp. Good DOF and composition.

Hello Pekka,
Excellent capture of this Larus delawarensis, very interesting species!
Best Regard. TFS. Ferran

hello Pekka!
well captured in nice pose
good focus and perfect details of plumage

best sERGIO

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-10 14:45]

Hi Pekka,

A marvelous close-up of this Gull. The details of the face, eye, and bill are excellent. Beautiful colors of the wings and plumage with the wonderful tail feathers contrasting nicely. A good pose in the natural setting.


Well composed, Pekka.
Point of view is low which is good.
I also like your highlights especially if you take into account the 2x extender.
The depth of field shallowness towards the tail can hardly be called a nit.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2009-01-10 22:46]

Hello Pekka,

This gull's portret is very nice. You have chosen a very inspired POV showing the bird from a fine perspective. Good details of the bird can be obsrved as the image is very sharp. You have made good use of the soft light getting a lot of color tones so that the image looks very natural.

Thank you for sharing,

hello Pekka

excellent close-up photo of the Ring-billed Gull
with fine low POV, also fine framing, excellent sharpness
and details, with your photo and notes i learned one thing
that in the other side of the Atlantic too there is Ring-billed Gulls.
i was thinking that the Ring-billed Gull are only North American gulls,



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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-14 14:34]

Hi Pekka,
a superb shot of this Ring-billed Gull.
Excellent sharpness.
Well composed.
Superb DOF.

Very well done,

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