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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: 2010-09-22
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-24 0:45
Viewed: 2391
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.
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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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2010-09-24 0:49]

Hi Razvan,
Very good capture of this gull with great focusing and excellent sharpness.TFS.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-09-24 1:27]

Buna Razvane,
Splendida fotografie despre aceasta specie minunata, felicitari si un sfirsit de saptamina placut!

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-09-24 1:44]

Hi Razvan,
Beautiful capture of this gull.He seems very thoughtful.Excellent POV,framing and details.Have a nice day!
Thanks for posting..

Hi Razvan,

This is amazing capture of the Lovely gull. Nice eye contact. Very expressive picture. I think this is a juvenile. I also feel that the bird is feeling very lonely! Very nice moment captured!


Ciao Razvan. Good sharp and exciting colours for thi bird. Lovely compo.


You seem to have a lot of beautiful shots ith these birds, Razvan, and all are stunning!
Love the BG and the sharpness!
Very well done!

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-09-24 9:26]

Hello Razvan,
Beautiful photo of this gull in nice natural colours and good sharpness. Excellent low POV, DOF and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-09-24 9:37]

Hello Razvan,
A fine capture of a Mediterranean Gull in winter plumage. The POV is excellent and well shown with fine sharpness and natural colours. This species is also rare in my country. I last saw it ten years ago!.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Buna Razvan,
La asemenea diafragma imaginea este clara. O sa incerc si eu aceleasi setari in cazul in care lumina ma ajuta :)
Un sfarsit de saptamana placut.
Numai bine,

  • Great 
  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-09-24 21:19]

Hello Razvan,
Outstanding quality image all around Razvan, thank you for sharing this fine image.

Buna Razvan,
O alta captura reusita cu detalii si culori perfecte.
Numai bine!

hello Razvan
super sharpness picture with great soft BG
the colours are beautiful andnice light
greeting lou

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-09-26 1:20]

Hello Razvan,
nice capture of this cool gull. The blurry background gives a good effect to the composition and giving a clear details of the body and feathers.
Nicely composed shot.


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