Slender-billed Gull, a rare gull
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|Well, it seems hard to get any attention these days so I try this one from yesterdays bicycle tour along the small strip that separates the huge pond "etange du Vaccares" and the Mediterranean sea.|
This is a male Slender-billed Gull (Larus genei/ långnäbbad mås). We saw them both (male and female) for a long while as they were fishing and courting just 5 meters from our resting point. This was really a magic moment for me and Ulla as we have never seen this rare bird before and it was so unexpected to see it in such close up.
The dark red bill on the male, the yellow iris and the pink breast is typical for this specie.
This is a very rare and protected bird and we feel that is a privilege to get this close and get such a close encounter with it!
I hope you like this!
The Slender-billed Gull, Larus genei, is a small gull which breeds very locally around the Mediterranean and the northern western Indian Ocean (e.g. Pakistan) on islands and coastal lagoons.
Most of the population is somewhat migratory, wintering further south to north Africa and India, and a few birds have wandered to western Europe are resident.
This scarce gull breeds in colonies, nesting on the ground and laying up to three eggs. Like most gulls, it is 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.
This species is slightly larger than the Black-headed Gull, which it resembles. It does not have a black hood. The head and dark red bill have an elongated tapering appearance, and this bird also appears long-necked. The legs are dark red, and the iris is yellow. In summer, the breast has a pink coloration.
This bird takes two years to reach maturity. First year birds have a black terminal tail band, and dark areas in the wings.
The scientific name of this bird commemorates the Italian naturalist Giuseppe Gené.
The Slender-billed Gull is one of the species to which the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) applies.
I took this in rawformat and used Adobe Lightroom for some adjustments before the edit in Photoshop CS3 beta
Just a little crop and a bit hue
Sharpening with Photokit capture sharpener, nothing more.
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- [2007-04-16 14:54]
Superb shot of the Gull, its a really nicely presented shot with a great POV, pose and a wonderful reflection in the calm water. I love the colour pallet with cool whites and blues with the splash of red from the beak and around the eye.
TFS Hil :o)
- [2007-04-16 14:55]
Hi Bengt. This is a very good shot of the Gull. great colour and detail.good reflection in the calm sea. well done TFs. good note to.
Am I seeing double? This is a lovely capture of the gull! The photgraph is sharp and clear and the colours are super! The water is very still to give the mirror-like reflection, but there is still a lovely little wake caused by his paddling. Well done!
- [2007-04-16 15:23]
I love reflection. Very clear and sharp image. Good details.
Very nice composition and beautiful reflection on water..!
Très beau POV, cette photo dégage de la douceur, belle composition.
- [2007-05-11 10:44]
Superb portrait of the Slender-billed Gull! This shows with fine and sharp detail all the characteristics of the species, the fine lighting and water reflection being a bonus in this top class shot.
Well done and TFS!
- [2007-05-11 13:30]
I've missed this super shot of this rare Slender-billed Gull as we were away on Cyprus.
Brilliant capture in beautiful light, sharp details and very nice colours. I like the reflection in the water too. This is really a very beautiful Gull!!
TFS and regards, Ulla
- [2007-05-11 23:01]
Fantastic shot,with spot on exposure&details are nice.