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Larus melanocephalus

Larus melanocephalus
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-03-07
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/8, 1/2500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-03 5:10
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Larus melanocephalus Temminck, 1820
Synonym Ichthyaetus melanocephalus (Temminck 1820)
Mediterranean Gull

Larus 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.
In winter it migrates to Mediterranean and Atlantic 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.

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.

Larus melanocephalus 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.

In Cyprus Larus melanocephalus is a rare winter visitor and a rare passage migrant.

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hello Neighbour Christo
that is nice next to a Great Picture
who i like it is very good sharpness beautiful colours and super good light
great shot Christo
greeting lou

Hallo Christodoulos,
a very beautiful portrait of the Mediterranean Gull, outstanding sharpness and fantastic colour tones, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

There is not enough detail in the black plumage and the red is too red and the white is..... ha ha haa, ... sorry Christodoulos .... it's just difficult for me to forget some comments regarding those issues with some of my current work! Bravo, my friend! The image of this beautiful Mediterranean Gull here is nothing less than perfect. Perfect in every way!
George Veltchev

hello Christodoulos

excellent close-up photo of this species of gull,
shot always with the fine POV at the level of
the bird, great focus sharpness and details,
beautiful catch-light and beautiful eye-contact,



Amazing detail on this beautiful bird! regards Yiannis

Ciao Christodoulos. Another perfect taken in razor detaila and sharp. Fabolosue contrast and brighc colours.


Hello Christodoulos, fantastic image with light and details super. Very very beautiful the white control. A great image. Regards, Paolo

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2011-02-03 8:35]

Hello Christodoulos,
A top quality capture of the Mediterranean Gull in breeding plumage. Technically and esthetically faultless with a fine catchlight in the eye.
This species is a rare visitor to my country.
Thanks and kind regards,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-02-03 9:05]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another high quality photo. Fantastic in all aspects. So beautiful with a cloudy sky....impressive.

Hi Christodoulos,
another so beautiful photo of the bird. Great sharpness. Amazing colours. Very good point of view.
Thanks for sharing.

Hello Christodoulos,
Exceptional details and superb colors. Stunning details and impressive clarity. Wonderful composition. Outstanding sharpness.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-02-03 10:35]

Hello Christodoulos,
excellent shot and very good composition of this lovely Larus melanocephalus .Very nice POV and good details presented.Well done my friend.Best regards Siggi

Ciao Christodulos, beautiful Mediteranean Gull on a wonderful lighting BG, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-02-03 11:51]

Hi Christodoulos,
Excellent photo of this Gull, rare species also in Transylvanien, TFS!

  • pirate Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 799 W: 152 N: 1186] (7474)
  • [2011-02-03 12:51]

Hi Christodoulos
just perfect exposure on both white and black parts, not easy!
great eye contact and catchlight
very nice

great contrasty capture, TFS Ori

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-02-03 15:39]

No Comment...the absolute perfection my friend!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hallo Christodoulos,

an very nice image,although i miss some details in the black feathers on his head.
Very sharp and detailed image, good composition and pov.
Fine colors.


Hello Christodoulos
Beautiful details on this Larus especially on the feathers, great natural light and good light. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2011-02-04 7:32]

Truly beautiful! The cloudy background is just right.

Thanks! Have a lovely weekeend,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-02-04 8:11]

Hello Christodoulos,
A very fine capture of this beautiful Gull showing fantastic details and colours. Lovely sharp focus on eye and beak! Well framed too!
TFS and have a nice weekend, Ulla

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2011-02-04 9:59]

Hola Christo.
Photo full of great details my friend. Excellent pose, sharpness and BG. The colours of this Gull is so beautiful.
Very clean photo Chisto.

Hello Christodoulos,
Fascinatingly beautiful! The detail on the plumage and the colours are spectacular. Wonderful background with the soft lighting. Well done.

Hi Christodoulos,
Very beautiful coloured and sharp detailed photo of this gull in a perfect composition.TFS

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2011-08-22 13:57]

Hello Chris,

A fine image of this gull. The colors of the beak & legs are so vibrant & really enhanced by the subdued hues of the oof background.

The textured feathers are so evident & very appreciated by the eye. A professional composition of an extremely showy bird!



Hello Christodoulos,

You're capturing well this bird by a good composition and very excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the Larus melanocephalus with black head, red leg/beak and white body/wing. You catch its plumage clearly. And, it's good at contrast between clear this bird in this side and blurred background. Have a nice weekend,

Kind regards,

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