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Siberian Gulls in India

Siberian Gulls in India
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Copyright: Vinay Sinha (vinaymms) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 118] (635)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-01-17
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, 18-55 Canon IS
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-01-20 22:01
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Family: Laridae
Sub-family: Larinae
Genus: Larus
Species: ridibundus
Sub-species: ridibundus

Gulls are small to large seabirds some of which also live at inland water bodies. Most of the gulls are grey, black and white, marked with shades of brown. Their strong wings help them fly long distances.

During the course of Siberian winter, the gulls travel thousands of miles to India in October and return home in March. You can have a breathtaking view of hundreds of Black Headed Gull (Larus ridibundus ridibundus) hover over Sangam, the confluence of the Ganges and Yamuna rivers, in Allahabad, India. During the months of January and February, Sangam witnesses a month-long holy fair Magh-Mela where millions of pilgrims arrive to take a holy dip. Sangam, thereby, not only remains a confluence of the two holy rivers, but also of our foreign travelers (Gulls). According to some of the boatmen in this area, the birds become greyish during their stay here.

More pictures of gulls to follow in my next upload.

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