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Copyright: Siegfried Potrykus (siggi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-19
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-23 8:07
Viewed: 3587
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Most gulls, particularly Larus species, are ground nesting carnivores, which will take live food or scavenge opportunistically. The live food often includes crabs and small fish. Apart from the kittiwakes, gulls are typically coastal or inland species, rarely venturing far out to sea. The large species take up to four years to attain full adult plumage, but two years is typical for small gulls.

Gulls nest in large, densely packed, and noisy colonies. They lay two to three speckled eggs in nests composed of vegetation. The young are precocial, being born with dark mottled down, and mobile from birth[2].

Gulls—the larger species in particular—are resourceful and highly intelligent birds, demonstrating complex methods of communication and a highly developed social structure; for example, many gull colonies display mobbing behaviour, attacking and harassing would-be predators and other intruders.[3] In addition, certain species (e.g. the Herring Gull) have exhibited tool use behaviour. Many species of gull have learned to coexist successfully with humans and have thrived in human habitats. Others rely on kleptoparasitism to get their food. The urban gull population in the United Kingdom has been growing quickly, probably due to laws such as the Clean Air Act 1956 which prohibited the burning of garbage by local landfill owners, thus increasing the availability of food for the gulls

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-23 8:34]

Hello Siggi,
A fine close portrait of a Herring Gull calling out. I can almost hear it!
This is sharp and the head it taken from a fine POV that allows us to see the back of the mouth. Nice composition and BG too.

Hi Siggi,

This is an absolutely superb image. Sharp and detailed and the bird looks as if it is screaming at you. Probably wanting some reward for such a good pose. well done


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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-23 8:46]

Hello Siggi,

What a nice photo you took! Bird's expresion looks great and image quality is very good. I like the sharp details of bird's head. You have estblished a very nice eye contact with the bird. Background is well chosen mathing well with the white of the gull.

Thank you for sharing,

Hello Siggi,

Beautiful capture and great control on the white feathers!

Hi, Siggi,

a great portrait of a very handsome and powerful seagull. this looks almost like an eagle to me. seagull is my most favourite bird and this is certainly one of the most unique photos i have ever seen. thanks for sharing.

Man Yee

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-23 9:33]

Hi Siggi,

I love it!!!! I can almost hear him. Fantastic capture with the beak wide opened with a perfect view of the inside of his mouth. The head is nice and sharp with good colors. Excellent background and composition.


cool shot, you got an interesting moment, and quite funny to look at,
great quality

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-23 10:18]

Hi Siegfried.
Simply great, expressive close-up of a nice seagull. First of all it is amazing exposure and reflection of the white plumage. Pictured moment is great. Timing is outstanding. Neutral smooth BG is looked greatly too. Bravo. Well done and TFS.

Merhaba Siegfried,müthiş bir çığlık anı.Belki doğayı katleden biz "insanlara" diyordur ha,ne dersin? Sanırım bu çığlıkları çoktan duymuş olmamız lazım.Ama nedense hiç üstümüze alınmıyoruz.Çok güzel bir fotoğraf,nefis nefis ellerine sağlık,ben almam gereken mesajı tekrar aldım,selamlar :))

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  • Amadeo Gold Star Critiquer [C: 168 W: 0 N: 755] (3323)
  • [2008-08-23 12:17]

Hola Siegfried, excelente primer plano.
Buena expresión captada del pájaro, con buena luz y color. Un saludo

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-08-23 12:22]

Hi Siegfried. A great close up of the head of the Gull . The eye and mouth are first class. with fine detail in the feathers. very natural colours. well done Interesting notes too.

Hello Siggi,
Wonderful portriat of the gull in good close up!
the image is truly sharp with perfect details and colour
very well done indeed

Hi Siggi.
A magnificent picture!
I am impressed with the technical quality of this photograph.
Congratulations for the wonderful work!
José Roberto

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  • vral Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 65 W: 1 N: 218] (1049)
  • [2008-08-23 18:01]

Hello Siggi,

wonderful shot of this gull closeup. Eye has expression.Composition and POV are great.
Thanks foir sharing

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-24 2:03]

Woow Sieg,this is great! Wonderfull moment to take but impressive close-up first! A beauty like that no need others words,just my best compliments,Luciano

Il y a de la contestation dans l'air.
Bonne journée.

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-24 2:18]

Hello Siggi, This is brilliant shot. Superbly showing the beak and the mouth opening. The focus and the clarity on the eyes are perfect. Ganesh

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-08-26 1:07]

Gulls - they're they're the same the whole world over!!
Excellent capture Siegfried - he's in full scream here. And he has his eye right on you!!
He looks very scruffy - good find

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-09-01 6:02]

Hi Siggi,
Lovely portait with very good details, color tones and lighting. I like the pose you captured a lot. Looks like it is going to come out of the screen :o)
Best wishes,

Hallo Siegfried,
a wonderful portraite for Herring gull. Excellent timing and focus. Great POV, BG and composition. Danke. best wishes

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