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Copyright: Sebnem Sozer (dew77) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/2000 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Seagulls, 100 points or more (Chapter 1) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-24 3:05
Viewed: 4024
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 152
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
As I mentioned before there are lots of seagulls in Istanbul.Especially when you travel by ship,they accompany you the whole way ,flying.
At my visit to Bogazici Zoo in Darica I saw this seagull swimming with ducks in the pool.I was very surprised when I saw beheaving like a duck.The way he swims,wings opening,diving into water like a duck.Maybe he borned somewhere near there and grow up with the ducks.
Have nice and sunny week and hope you’ll like it.
Black-headed Gull
Infos from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull in adult summer plumage, North Devon coast, England

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Aves

Order: Charadriiformes

Family: Laridae

Genus: Larus

Species: L. ridibundus

Binomial name

Larus ridibundus
Linnaeus, 1766

The Black-headed Gull, (Larus ridibundus), is a small gull which breeds in much of Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada. Most of the population is migratory, wintering further south, but some birds in the milder westernmost areas of Europe are resident.
This gull is 38-44cm long with a 94-105 cm wingspan. It breeds in colonies in large reedbeds or marshes, or on islands in lakes, nesting on the ground. 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.
The Black-headed Gull is a bold and opportunist feeder, which will scavenge in towns or take invertebrates in ploughed fields with equal relish.
In flight, the white leading edge to the wing is a good field mark. The summer adult has a chocolate-brown head (not black, despite the name), pale grey body, black tips to the primary wing feathers, and red bill and legs. The hood is lost in winter, leaving just dark vertical streaks.
This species takes two years to reach maturity. First year birds have a black terminal tail band, more dark areas in the wings, and, in summer, a less fully developed dark hood.
This is a noisy species, especially at colonies, with a familiar "kree-ar" call.

Camera Model:Canon EOS 20D
Shooting Date/Time:9/11/2005 4:58:21 PM
Shooting Mode:Sports
Tv( Shutter Speed ):1/2000
Av( Aperture Value ):7.1
Metering Mode:Evaluative Metering
ISO Speed:400
Lens:100.0 - 400.0 mm
Focal Length:400.0 mm
AF Mode: AI Servo AF

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-24 3:24]

Did the taxi stop ;-) What a nice and interesting shot that you have well done ! Good setting and composition here. The bird pose with raised wing is so nice !
Congratulations Sebnem and thanks for sharing.

Hi Sebnem,
Excellent captured moment!
Great details in wing, very good colour,
nicely composed.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-10-24 3:51]

I love your title Sebnum.
He was having a good bath wasn't he?
Good capture - quite an action shot. It is a great display of his raised wing showing us how long they really are. Well done Sebnum, gulls and sparrows are about the only birds I see around my home!

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-24 4:07]

Hey Sebnem ;-)

Your picture and title remainded me crazy Istanbul's taxi driver ;-) Perfect scene and perfect title my friend! Looks like these gulls are smarter that we're expected ;-) Very good post!

Hi Sebnem, I think you have very lazy gull in Turkey.;-)
Nice pose, good POV and composition.
Very well done.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-10-24 5:28]

Very nice shot!Interesting behaviour of SeagulL.Good moment to capture.

Hello Sebnem

Great title! Lovely exposure. Great work. Nicely composed. Excellent sharpness and detail. Well done!

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  • honza Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 533 W: 0 N: 720] (4197)
  • [2005-10-24 5:51]

Nice moment, perfect pose and very funy title. Sharpness and colors are nice too.

He shows you:
I'm turining on the left ;-)"

Nice photo Sebnem. Good job!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-24 6:52]

Excellent shot Sebnem! The pose is great and exposure is spot on. Sharp details and well composed. You did a great job. Well done & TFS!


Catchy title, I like it Sebnem. Excellent exposure, sharpness & detail. Very well composed also. Well done & Thank you.

Great photo and cute title, Sebnem!

Don't you love the details in the outstretched wings of a bird?

Your photo shows them off well, and is sharp and beautiful.

I thank you for sharing it with us.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-10-24 11:12]

very good moment you took the shot Sebnem,
great in pov and a very good composition, with a good feeling of the humor in the shot, very good job.
gr. jaap

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-24 11:58]

Merhaba Şebnem hanım,
Çok güzel yakalanmış ve mükemmel düzenlenmiş bir fotoğraf.Renkler,detaylar hepsi de çok güzel.Tebrikler,ellerinize sağlık.

Hi Sebnem,
He does look like he is trying to flag down a cab. Great timing on this shot. Excellent colors, and fine detail. An excellent not too.

Very expressive shot & perfect capture. To me it looks like he's also saying "They went that way." or "The fish festival is in that direction.". nicely exposed image. Paul :)

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  • halki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 242 W: 9 N: 105] (471)
  • [2005-10-24 15:29]
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Hello Şebnem!
Great timing.Reflection on the water, clear details and composition are excellent!
Thanks for posting...

Great capture Sebnem,
Did he get a taxi, or was his wing really hooked up by those Turkish Fishermen!!
Great pose from the gull, good colour and detail. Well composed and great exposure.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Sebnem, very good moment you captured! Pose is excellent. Good work, very good sharpness, details and colours. It´s a great composition! Very well done!

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-24 21:16]

Une excellente et amusante prise. La netteté et l'éclairage sont parfaits.

Félicitations pour le titre originale et très approprié. Merci pour l'envoie.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-24 22:23]

Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: very strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Şebnem.

Well done, nice controlled exposure, detail is good, unique capture.


very nice catch and the note makes this shot even more interesting. TFS!

Hello Şebnem!
Funny capture.Well detailed and composed.I like it.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-10-25 2:53]

Hi Sebnem,
nice pose, good capture. I like the colours, too. Interesting note. Well done.
Rgs, Aleksander

Hello Sebnem,
it is hard to see emotions on a birds face - but this guy looks like a baby in a tub who suddenly realizes it is getting wet ;-)
Well done. TFS. Thomas

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-10-25 15:07]

Şebnem, great title to this very nice picture.

Excellent composition and lighting; lovely pose and pov.

Well done.

Nic shot. Looks like he is waving to you. :-)


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  • nofer Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1190 W: 366 N: 811] (2307)
  • [2005-10-25 19:34]
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Adorável.... esta asa erguida é muito "charme"!!! He... He... Uma foto ótima com muito boa nitidez, cores, contraste, profundidade e principalmente composição.
Um instantâneo digno de Sebnem...!!!!
Obrigado! (TFS)

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  • optic Gold Star Critiquer [C: 322 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2005-10-26 7:48]

Hello Sebnem, very funny image i like the composition, but the police was there... The policeman HEY NO TAXI HERE !!!
Have a nice day,

Hi Sebnem,
great moment. Note is excelent! Very interesting it swin with the ducks. I think that it was washing before a long and boring day!

Great capture, he looks like he is waving at you! Good detail and POV.


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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-10-26 19:32]

This one is far from an artistic success, but I do enjoy your sens of humour, and it is wellcome on TN. TFS

Good capture Sebnem, great detail, compo and pose, very nice work.

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  • twin Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 244 W: 17 N: 494] (3259)
  • [2005-10-30 5:48]

merhaba şebnem,
kompozisyonu netliği ile çok güzel bir martı fotoğrafı... eline gözüne sağlık...

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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-10-30 6:14]

Sebnem bonjour, joli coup d'oeil et plein d'humour dans ce shot !! Very well done , Congratulations Didier.

...or maybe "yoh, gimme 20 beers!" *g*
sebnem, i just love your photos!
you really hit the spot!
waiting for more, thor.

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  • CTP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 6 N: 946] (2726)
  • [2005-10-31 2:02]

Hi Sebnem,
Thanks for this excellent seagull capture.
Awesome details,pov,sharpness,colors,frame,
focus and note.TFS.Eline Saglik:)

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  • Eko Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 187 W: 10 N: 38] (121)
  • [2005-10-31 3:07]

Hello Şebnem!
Very nice capture.POV,details,framing and funny title are wonderful.Thanks for posting.

Hi Sebnem,

Hey!!!! he went that way!!! or "How's this?" or "Overthere!!!"
Excellent shot and well done on the composition and details.


A great moment caught on 'film'. Excellent detail and composition.
Well done!

What a beauty! Looks like a balancing act! Lovely detail and comp.
Well done...

  • gerhardt Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1936 W: 244 N: 4106] (11620)
  • [2005-11-03 17:27]

It's a lovely shot!

Can't type much... can look and click though... sorry for the short comment.


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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-11-05 14:17]

Hi Sebnem, nice shot. I think you should have called it "Hey, Taxi! Take me to the Hairdresser's" :-)

Very nice capture of an amusing moment. Good details and composition too. Very well done.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-11-09 15:44]

hi Sebnem. Zdjêcie ³±cznie z tytu³em jest doskona³e. dziêki za pokazanie.

This is amazing!!! The catch is great and I love the title, it's so humorous!

Crazy gull..... funny!

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  • cedryk Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
  • [2005-11-11 20:54]

What a funny shot, Sebnem :-) Very nice colours and details. Greetings! Michal

Hi Sebnem,
how could I miss this funny shot. Hahahaha, together with your perfect headline, that's so lovely. This is, why I love TN so much, the unusual motives, funny or interesting, thank you very much, I enjoyed it very much, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

A very unusual pose! I really like the composition the way the long win points into the corner of the frame and also follows the shoreline. Well done.

Hi Sebnem,
What can I say after all these critiques?
I like the details, sharpness and the strong visual impact. Very useful note. Compliments!
Thanks for sharing.
Regards, Ruud

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-11-23 23:37]

Hi Sebnem,
Very funny pose, well caught, you seem to have a good reaction time!

Quite perculiar behaviour from this gull! Well done with this picture, it is a really great actionshot, and I like the composition. TFS.


Nice history, I can imagine the funny image of the seagull behaving like the ducks :)
You captured a funny moment here, it really looks like it is calling a taxi. The framing a bit to heavy for my personal taste. Thanksa lot for sharing.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-06 12:34]

Apt title and a wonderful pose nicely captured for all of us to enjoy!
Love the note: The little seagull who thought he was a duck...
Very nice!

Hi, Sebnem! Very funny shot. It's a good lession for everybody how important is header. Good details.

You brings some real amazing photographs. This one has loooong wings. And you have captured the picture so sharp and with beautiful details. Lovely work. TFS

Mükemmel kompoziyon,kuşun bakışındaki "anormalsizlik" taksi çağırdığını doğrular gibi:)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2005-12-30 11:55]

Well done on that ducklike seagull ! Very funny and well composed. Good work again,


Excellent captured moment!
Good detail and colours.
Ana:)points tomorrow!

that's a very comic photo! you captured a great moment, it like if that seagull would get a queb to go to work. i like it very much! thank you for share it. it's really amazing!!!

Lovely title and gull, gtreat underwing exposure too. love the water
Best fro 2006

Hi :)
great title and photo too:)
Exposure, compostion, POV fantastic.
very well done
thank you :)

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  • hekcik Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
  • [2006-01-11 17:00]

Hi Sebnem,

Nice photo :)))))))))

TFS :-)

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  • PerR Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 21 W: 2 N: 16] (99)
  • [2006-01-22 14:09]

Hi Sebnem.
Such a perfect timing you got here. He (or she) really seems to need help. Very well captured. TFS


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  • gelor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 124 W: 3 N: 12] (523)
  • [2006-02-01 3:08]

Une très belle composition ! Merci également pour le commentaire. Gérard

Hi Sebnem...
The textures in the feather coat are quite awesome! Besides you capture the bird in the right moment, in this wonderful pose! Well done as usual...
Pablo -

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  • SkyF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2234 W: 188 N: 1912] (8073)
  • [2006-02-12 21:16]

This is cutem, he seems to wave. Nice pose and great compositon.

hi sebnem
tres jolie capture et titre humoristique ,bravo.

Bonjour Sebnem
C'est une très jolie présentation que ce Mouette qui appelle un taxi. Les couleurs sont ravissantes, très beaux détails. Bravo et merci Passe une belle fin de semaine .......JP

You have so many wonderful shots it is hard to choose one to critique. I chose this one for it's humour and for the story that you tell about it maybe growing up with the ducks. You caught the seagull just at the right time, and the title fits so well. Thanks for making me smile today.

Hi Sebnem,
Excelent capture, I love the seagull pose, you have give it aright name. Light and colors are good.

Excellent work

selam sebnem,
yine herseyiyle guzel bir kare.ek olarak esprili bir baslik ve yararli bir not.
eline saglik.

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2006-05-21 6:11]

selam dew
olaganustu bir poz ve harika bir pov. renkler, netlik, derinlik ve fotograf notu her zamanki gibi mukemmel. elinize saglik

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  • Dando Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 637 W: 32 N: 792] (3084)
  • [2006-06-07 16:59]

Hi Sebnem, funny shot. He looks as if he is dancing. Great details, colours and exposure. Very well captured and TFS.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-07-02 5:57]

Hi Sebnem
He is waveint to you so he can give you a pose. Great shot and good composed. Good colours, details, sharpnes, light, DOF and POV. Also good note.
Well done my friend


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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-09-01 2:31]

Hi Sebnem.
This shot is amazing. The title of it is amazing too. The captured scene is excellent. I like the colour palette of the shot, details of seagull (its plumage is simply delightful), composition of the shot and its framing. Great work. My compliments.

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