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In the golden light

In the golden light
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Copyright: Paul van Slooten (pvs) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-29
Categories: Birds
Camera: Sony Alfa dSLR A700, Sony 300mm F2.8 G, Digital RAW 200, Sony SAL 14 TC
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-03 4:24
Viewed: 4012
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
While waiting in the bear hide in Vartius,as well lots of birds to be photographed,I liked especially this black headed gull sitting on the ice in the evening light,I was unfortunate with photographing bears with this trip as they only showed up in the dark hours,in the beginning of next week I will have another try in a bearhide,but this time in sweden,I will have to cross my fingers this time and hope I can take some pictures of the bear this time,thanks for watching,

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. Some birds will also spend the winter in the northeastern United States.

This gull is 38-44 cm (15-17½ in) long with a 94-105 cm (37-41 in) 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 and 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. Its scientific name means "Laughing Gull".

The Black-headed Gull is the prefectural bird of Tokyo and the Yurikamome mass transit system is named after it.

marhowie, maurydv, eng55, jaycee, Dis. Ac., mariki, gannu, fartash, vanderschelden, SelenE, Adanac, RII has marked this note useful
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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-06-03 4:30]

Hi Paul,
great job on the exposure here, you have some nice subtle golden colour in the light and a great composition too, well done!

Lovely image Paul, the late afternoon light from the side has produced some nice warm color, and an added sense of depth.
Great detail/DOF, exposure, comp, and POV :)
Well done & TFS!

Bellissimo ritratto di gabbiano, eccellente POV, bellissima composizione con l'ombra lunga della luce radente, ottima nitidezza, bellissimi i colori con le tonalità calde di questa meravigliosa luce. Grazie e complimenti. Ciao Maurizio

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-06-03 6:34]

Hi Paul,
Very nice capture.I liked POV,soft lighting,pose of bird and composition a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-06-03 8:39]

Hi Paul,

I've not seen this Gull before! How nicely he is posing for you. Beautiful colors - the brown tones and the beige are perfect. Fine details of the face, plummage, and even the legs. The lighting creates a feeling of warmth and is quite lovely. Excellent background to make him stand out.


Hallo Paul,

mooi licht bij deze opname, de meeuw staat er mooi op en niet centraal.
Mooie scherptediepte en gezichtsveld.


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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-03 10:04]

Hello Paul,

Beautiful picture of this gull. Excellent POV, DOF and sharpness. Great light. Beautiful colours.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-06-04 5:39]

Hello Paul, Wow what a superb shot. Lovely view and great focus. Excellent composition. Ganesh

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-06-04 6:15]

Hello Paul, your light management on this one is just fantastic, lots of sharp details, a very good composition and an excellent result! Thanks!


Dear Paul
Wonderful shot of this Black-headed Gull :O)
Perfect focusing,soft natural lighting and composition. Superb shot my friend.


Een hele plezante...
Mooi licht op het wit tapijt.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-06-05 0:47]

Hallo Paul,
Het lijkt vaak zo simpel, gewoon een opname van een meeuw. Maar we weten wel beter. Juist de details in het wit maken de foto. Deze foto heeft alles wat goed is. Scherpte, details, natuurlijke kleuren, warm licht, pose, diepte, standpunt en compositie. Schitterend.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-06-07 10:32]

Hi Paul,
Outstanding shot of this Black-headed Gull in a fine pose and in beautiful evening lighting. Immaculate sharpness and clarity with lovely colours and details on its plumage. That eye looks very expressive. Excellent DOF, POV and composition. Kudos.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-06-08 11:41]

Hi Paul,
Exposure handling, light, composition, details and pose you captured are very good. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-06-08 17:14]

Hello Paul,
Great use of that beautiful lighting, just look at the details you brought out in the white plumage. Great work Paul thanks for sharing.
PS Sorry I was so long in returning to comment.

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  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2008-08-28 22:28]

Hi Paul.

Wonderfull sharpness,color,details, exposure, light and composition, excellent capture and note.


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