|Copyright: Koushik Das (koushikdas) (54)|
|Date Taken: 2009-01-31|
|Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC H10|
|Exposure: f/4.4, 1/800 seconds|
|More Photo Info: [view]|
|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2009-02-05 1:17|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|This was taken at Udaipur beach, Digha, West Bengal.|
Gulls (often informally seagulls) are birds in the family Laridae. They are most closely related to the terns (family Sternidae) and only distantly related to auks, and skimmers, and more distantly to the waders. Until recently, most gulls were placed in the genus Larus, but this arrangement is now known to be polyphyletic, leading to the resurrection of several genera.
They are typically medium to large birds, usually grey or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. They typically have harsh wailing or squawking calls. They have stout, longish bills, and webbed feet. Gull species range in size from the Little Gull, at 120 g (4.2 oz) and 29 cm (11.5 inches), to the Great Black-backed Gull, at 1.75 kg (3.8 lbs) and 76 cm (30 inches).
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Hello Koushik! Interesting bird. Wonderful flight. Good dynamic scene. Original picture. Well done!