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(Black-legged) Kittiwake

(Black-legged) Kittiwake
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-01
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/500 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-08-27 6:20
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On the north coast of Iceland on the cliffs we saw a few colonies of Kittiwakes. A new species to me. I made several photos. This is one of them with nice matching dark clouds in the background.

The Kittiwakes (genus Rissa) are two closely related seabird species in the gull family Laridae, the Black-legged Kittiwake (R. tridactyla) and the Red-legged Kittiwake (R. brevirostris). The epithets "Black-legged" and "Red-legged" are used to distinguish the two species in North America, but in Europe, where R. brevirostris is not found, the Black-legged Kittiwake is often known simply as Kittiwake, or more colloquially in some areas as Tickleass or Tickleace. The name is derived from its call, a shrill 'kittee-wa-aaake, kitte-wa-aaake'.

Habitat and range
Kittiwakes are coastal breeding birds ranging in the North Pacific, North Atlantic and Arctic oceans. They form large, dense, noisy colonies during the summer reproductive period, often sharing habitat with murres. They are the only gull species that are exclusively cliff-nesting.

The Black-legged Kittiwake is one of the most numerous of seabirds. Breeding colonies can be found in the Pacific from the Kuril Islands, around the coast of the Sea of Okhotsk throughout the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands to southeast Alaska, and in the Atlantic from the Gulf of St. Lawrence through Greenland and the coast of Ireland down to Portugal, as well as in the high Arctic islands. In the winter, the range extends further south and out to sea.

In sharp contrast, the Red-legged Kittiwake has a very limited range in the Bering Sea, breeding only on the Pribilof, Bogoslof and Buldir islands in the United States, and the Commander Islands in Russia. On these islands, it shares some of the same cliff habitat as the Black-legged Kittiwake, though there is some localized segregation between the species on given cliffs.

Source: Wikipedia

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Hello Peter

Fantastic picture of the birdie in fine natural pose and perch..Yes the similarly coloured BG works well here for the whites and the greys accentuating the profile..But the red and yellow open beak seals the deal for me.


Hi Peter,
beautiful photo of the bird. What a pose. Perfect point of view. Excellent presentation.
Have a nice evening,

Hello Peter,
Very expressive posture,outstanding soft play of light and perfectly exposed.great details,lovely colours and tonal variations.

Hello Peter,
First of all thanks for visiting my gallery. This image is superb. I like the wonderful colors, very sharp details and the clarity of this composition. Splendid photo, excellent contrast against the grey surroundings. It matches perfect with the grey colors of the clouds.

Hello Peter
照的清晰 跟昨天的一樣美麗
構圖美麗 背景好看

Hello Mr.Peter,
Very good picture.Looking cute.Very sharp picture with beautiful white colour.
Thanks for sharing,

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2013-08-27 9:50]

Hallo Peter,
Good timing ..
Fine details and splendid sharpness and perfect focus.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter,

Fantastic and timely capture of this kittiwake .... 'waking' up. The splash of orange throat is critical in taking this from an average to extraordinary composition. The sharpness, light management and contrasting bokeh superb.



Ciao Peter, great capture of fantastic gull in nice pose on beautiful blurry BG, fine details, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bravo Peter
Une magnifique prise de vue : un bâillement une peu comique !!
Mais surtout une très belle qualité
bonne soirée

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2013-08-27 12:16]

Hi Peter,this specie is new for me too,i thought to see a seagull before reading your note..ehee...a magnificent capture whit the best exposure for the best white and great details too,i like the open beack too! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

wonderful closeup the moment the pose the scene!
regards Peter

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2013-08-27 23:18]

Hello Peter.
A moment well preserved. Sharp and clearly seen image. Great composition and pov. I like the BG of this picture. Well done.Regards Siggi

another wonderful image from the series. excellent closeup. good work

Hello Peter
What a nice moment and capture
Perfect WB and white comes out very nice.
best wishes,

Hello Peter

Excellent close-up photo of this bird from
the species of gull family, photo shot at
the best moment of the pose, with fine POV,
great focus, sharpness, and details, TFS


hallo Peter
super scherpe opname met super details en prachtige kleuren
de achtergrond doet het ook heel mooi bij deze foto
super plaatje weer erbij
groet lou

Great time here. Stunning details and sharp with perfect light. Great DOF too.


Hi Peter,

You have captured the action of the bird. The point of view is showing the details and colours of the Kitiwake. It is clear and sharp. The good luminosity is enhancing the colours. Have a nice day.


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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-08-29 19:18]

Hello Peter,
Perfect white balance rendering beautiful natural colors. Love the wide open mouth pose as it gives character to the bird. I'm sure you were pleased to capture such an awesome image, especially since this was the first time you have seen this particular species. Great job!!

Superb capture Peter!!!

Hi Peter,

Love your photo, that pose of the bird. The colours and the sharpness are just perfect, especially the orange and yellow in contrast with the grey.


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  • Cobo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 236 W: 1 N: 535] (5799)
  • [2013-08-30 8:26]

Excellent picture, great control of the ligh and white balance plus sharpness and deep of field. Congratulation. Saludos.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-09-01 4:56]

Hi Peter.
Simply splendid reproduction of wonderful feathers and colouration of the gull as well as all other its features and details. Timing is also perfect and allow to you to capture the bird at so attractive moment. I also like wonderful and classic for the species scene. Grey colour palette of the shot is the most suitable for the subject. Well done and warm greetings.

Great photo Peter! Nice pose, very good composition, fantastic lighting and very good sharpness. I was lucky to see two of these birds in Cyprus.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2013-10-05 18:31]

Hello Peter
such a clean shot with moment well captured. The flakes of feathers on the wings are really stunning.
superb details and colours. Really a wonderful view.


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