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Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-14 0:45
Viewed: 2678
Points: 26
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Mediterranean Gull, Ichthyaetus melanocephalus, is a small gull which breeds almost entirely in Europe, mainly in the south east, especially around the Black Sea, and in central Turkey. There are colonies elsewhere in southern Europe, and this species has undergone a dramatic range expansion in recent decades. Birders often abbreviate its name to "Med Gull". As is the case with many gulls, it has traditionally been placed in the genus Larus.
It has colonised Britain, mainly in southern and eastern England with more than 90 pairs in 2000.
In winter, this bird migrates to Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.
This gull breeds in colonies in large reedbeds or marshes, or on islands in lakes; where its population is small, it nests in Black-headed Gull colonies. Like most gulls, it is highly gregarious in winter, both when feeding or in evening roosts. It is not a pelagic species, and is rarely seen at sea far from coasts.
This species is 36-38 cm long with a 98-105 cm wingspan. It can be distinguished from the Black-headed Gulls with which it often associates by its slightly larger size, very pale grey plumage and thicker red bill. The summer adult has a black head; the bird's scientific name actually means "black-headed gull". The similar species Black-headed Gull actually has a chocolate-brown hood. Adults have no black in their wings. The hood is lost in winter, leaving just a streaked grey mask. Legs are red.
The Mediterranean Gull's feeding habits are much an opportunistic omnivore, eating fish, worms, scraps, insects, offal and carrion.
This bird takes two years to reach maturity. First year birds have a black terminal tail band and more black areas in the upperwings, but have pale underwings.
This is a noisy species, especially at colonies, with a nasal "yeah" call.

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hello Razvan
excellent output in colors fine details fine photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2009-12-14 3:47]

Pescarusul tau este din nou o captura perfecta!
Felicitari iarasi pentrui ceea ce postezi aici!

Ciao Razvan. Very good details and light in a brilliant compo with amazing 3D effect on BG. Beautiful colours.


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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2009-12-14 5:42]

Inca o captura spendida despre aceasta specie, felicitari!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-12-14 11:02]

Hi Razvan. This is a very clear picture of the Gull. Its bright red legs show up against the white featehrs. Which you have taken with godo detail. Your low POV looks good in this picture . All with interesting notes . well taken TFS.

Hi Razvan,

Excellent capture of a Mediterranean Gull in a lovely pose from nice POV with perfect lit, nice details and fine composition.
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-12-14 12:34]

Hello Razvan,
Very nice photo of this Mediterranean Gull. Beautiful saturated colours. Good pose with eye contact, sharpness, details and POV. Excellent DOF and composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-12-14 12:49]

Hello Razvan.
Little soft but still great! I like its pose and face. Saturated color of water on BG make great composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-12-14 12:57]

Hi Razvan,
Very beautiful capture of this mediterranean gull.POV,details,eye contact and colors are wonderful.
Thanks for posting..

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2009-12-14 15:01]

Merhaba Razvan,
çok güzel bir fotoğraf,
tebrik ederim.

hello Razvan
great capture for lovely Mediterranean Gull. it looks some angry:) but you nicely took it, with nice focus, POV, composition and colors. light using and exposure also nice. thanks for sharing, have a good night

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-12-14 17:58]

Hola Razvan.
Muy bella la imagen lograda. Finos colores en blanco y rojo de esta "Gaviota" El fondo le da realce a la foto.

Salut Razvan, minunat pescarusul tau. Inca odata te felicit pentru capturile tale! Numai bine, Florin

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