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Bird and blue sky * for Asbed

Bird and blue sky * for Asbed
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Copyright: Valerie FOSSE (valy67) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Canon EF 55-200mm 4.5-5.6 II USM
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: One week in Camargue
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite bird in-flight photos 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-20 23:43
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Today I present you the very last picture I have taken during my holiday - just before we left, we went to the sea one last time to make our farewell. It was early in the morning, there were no tourists yet, only the birds flying around on the beaches. It was the best moment to watch them, and to makes some last pictures before going home (but that doesn't mean it will be the last holiday picture I post, as there will be some more in the next days).

I would like to dedicate this to my friend Asbed (Celtick Ranger), who is the greatest specialist of flying birds and whose work I have always admired.

Here for you, Asbed - a wonderful sea bird flying in the blue sky, on a fine and beautiful morning in Camargue.

Theses birds were not really afraid of people, and sometimes they even try to steal food directly from the hands of children, when they have an opportunity. One day we saw two of them fighting over an ice-cream which had fallen in the sand of the beach, that was so funny, we watched them for more than 10 minutes ! :-)

I'm not sure about the species, but I would say it is the Yellow-Legged Gull (Larus michahellis), a large gull of Europe, Middle East and North Africa. If I am wrong, please tell me and I will change my note.

The breeding range of the Yellow-Legged Gull is centred around the Mediterranean Sea. In North Africa it is common in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and increasing in places. Recent breeding has occurred in Libya and Egypt. In the Middle East a few breed in Israel and Syria with larger numbers in Cyprus and Turkey. In Europe there are colonies all along the Mediterranean coast and it also breeds on the west side of the Black Sea.The Yellow-legged Gull is also common in Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, Madeira Islands and the Azores.

These are omnivores like most Larus gulls, and they will scavenge on rubbish tips and elsewhere, as well as seeking suitable small prey in fields or on the coast, or robbing plovers or lapwings of their catches.

Yellow-legged Gulls usually breed in colonies. Eggs, usually three, are laid from mid March to early May and are defended vigorously by this large gull. The nest is a sometimes sparse mound of vegetation built on the ground or on cliff ledges. In some places such as Gibraltar they have started nesting on buildings. The eggs are incubated for 27-31 days and the young birds fledge after 35-40 days.

nasokoun, KOMSIS, siggi, parasbhalla, goldyrs, CeltickRanger, nglen, Noisette, oscarromulus, MMM, Dis. Ac., tuslaw, tcr, ferranjlloret, Hormon_Manyer has marked this note useful
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good morning Valerie
a splendid dedication in our friend, very good scene and in flight pose, you froze the moment,beautiful colours and very good details,wonderful photo

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2009-07-21 0:20]

Bonjour Valérie,
Seagull flies very nice ... beautiful composition.
A successful frame.
Very beautiful color and detail with a blue sky.
Best wishes,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-07-21 0:49]

Hello Valerie,
great shot, not easy to capture this bird in action and get such great details showing on head. Excellent work on sharpness and timing.
Best regards Siggi

Hi Valerie,

superb inflight photo of this Gull. Stunning shot with nice blue sky and crystal clear image of this flying beauty. Very nicely composed.


Salut Valérie,

Marvellous shot of Seagull in a flight action!

Great sharpness of the facial part, especially the eyes...just wonderful, good POV with soft background color.

Great work!

Thanks for sharing.

Paras Bhalla

Hi Valerie,
A nice capture of this beautiful seagull in flight. Very well composed with sharp details and very good timing. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-07-21 3:56]

Hi Valerie,
really a superbs shot of bird in flight. So elegant and sweet face.
Very softly rendered with soft blue sky.
Well presented in style.


A lovely shot Valerie..
This is actually the perfect in flight shot...

bonjour Valérie

quand avec to nom j'ai vu cette photo (thumnail)
de ce goéland à l'envol la fraction de seconde avant de voir
le titre je me suis dit elle va sûrement me dédier cette photo
et dans la fraction de seconde après j'avais raison,
merci beaucoup pour cette dédicace cela me fait plaisir,

de la Camargue je connais un film de Fernandel avec
une très jolie chanson : « Heureux qui, comme Ulysse »

une excellente photo du Goéland à l'envol
avec un excellent POV et cadrage, la pose des ailes
du Goéland nous montre sa vitesse à l'envol,
excellent focus netteté et détails, jolie lumière
venant du soleil, merci encore Valérie, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-21 11:29]

Hi Valerie . Just the right bird picture for Asbed i am sure he will love it. This inflight shot was taken with fine detail and colours. The gull stands out so well from the clear blue sky. Well done TFS.

Salut Val
tu as vraiment figé the goéland dans une superbe pose, j'adore la position de ces ailes et la façon dont il s'envole dans les airs mais également le ciel d'un bleu si pur, le soleil sur ses plumes et les très beaux détails

Young lady, Valerie,
You are getting better, BETTER & BETTER at this.
You are EXTREMELY dedicated & it shows.
Excellent focusing with total "control" of the colour contrasts.
Loved your notes too.
Mario from Canada wishing you well.

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-07-23 9:55]

Hello Valerie
Excellent in flight capture.Good POV and sharp image.I like your subject pose on that nice BG
TFS Michel

Hello Valerie,
Wonderful to get a bird picture in action. The image is sharp and crystal clear. Nice presentation. Very well done.

Hi Valerie,

It's been a long time, nice inflight shot from this Gull.
Good pov and clarity coluors.
An very nice dedication to our friend Asbed.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2009-07-28 15:41]

Great shot Valerie,
Wonderful stop action photo showing fine detail and very natural coloring!
I love watching gulls and always have my camera ready whenever they are around displaying their amazing maneuverability.
Super work!! TFS. Very informative notes!

Hello Valerie,

A fine capture of the gull in flight!
Excellent details in the plumage, even the expression on his face comes through hehehe...
Pleasant simplicity and a fine study in aerodynamics..!

Pablo -

Bonjour Valérie,
Quelle superbe photo de cet oiseau qui se détache nettement du ciel bleu !
Merci beaucoup pour cette très jolie photo.
Bonne journée.

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  • tcr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 8 N: 538] (3384)
  • [2009-09-30 8:56]

Hello Valerie.
Great work.
Well chosen F number, nice depth of field and focus.
Greetings and TFS.

Bonsoir Valerie,
Une belle capture de de celle-ci mouette élégante en vol. Amitiés

hey valerie
beautifully captured photograph of the seagull
this photgraph is certainly an inspiration for amatuers like me

Hi Valérie,
This photo needs no words, it speaks for itself - excellent. I know you're quite busy, Mother... But hopefully, at least sometimes, you can find some time to hang on TN and meeting your friends who miss you! I miss your presence and your wonderful images, dear.
Friendly regards, László

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