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Black-headed Gull

Black-headed Gull
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Copyright: JeanMarie Mouveroux (Nephrotome2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 599 W: 60 N: 660] (2538)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-11
Categories: Birds
Camera: Olympus SP560uz, (digital)
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-27 16:18
Viewed: 3091
Points: 6
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Black-headed Gull
Larus ridibundus or Chroicocephalus ridibundus
Mouette rieuse

The Black-headed Gull is a small gull which breeds in much of Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada. Most of the population is migratory but some birds are resident.

This gull is 38-44 cm (15-17˝ 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 one was standing on a short perch on a river. less usual place for a gull.

Thanks for looking


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-28 1:36]

Hello JeanMarie,

You have taken a good photo of this gull. Despite your rear POV you had a good eye contact with the bird. As you have used well the light there are many fine color tones shown on bird's plumage. Image is sharp as used DOF allowed you to keep the whole bird in focus.

Thank you for sharing,

Hola JeanMarie,
Bonita composición de esta gaviota que parece posar para tí, buena nitidez y excelente luminosidad, saludos
José Ramón

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-11-05 10:16]

Hi JeanMario.
Very elegant composition with charming gull and attractive scenery. You managed to reflect all its beauties. Pose of the gull, composition of the picture are amazing as well as the exposure and reproduction of the bird feathers. Bravo. Perfect shot.

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