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Kittiwake & Chicks

Kittiwake & Chicks
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Copyright: Karan Little (hester) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40D, Canon 100 - 400 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Iceland
Date Submitted: 2008-07-21 11:43
Viewed: 4485
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I am not really up on gulls but I believe this is a Kittiwake. There were thousands of them nesting, it was an amazing sight as I wandered along the cliff tops in Iceland.

The bird life in Iceland is amazing and it introduced me to a few birds I hadn't seen before, including the Red Necked Phalarope, the great Northern Diver, Oyster catchers (I know these are not rare but I had never seen one), Redshanks and even a Gyr Falcon and the Gyr Falcon's nest (complete with 4 chicks). Sadly the nest was too far away and in poor light so I couldn't get a decent shot (only one poor quality one as a reminder).

RSPB on Kittiwakes:
A gentle looking, medium-sized gull with a small yellow bill and a dark eye. It has a grey back and is white underneath. Its legs are short and black. In flight the black wing-tips show no white, unlike other gulls, and look as if they have been 'dipped in ink'. The population is declining in some areas, perhaps due to a shortage of sandeels. After breeding birds move out into the Atlantic where they spend the winter.

nglen, Hil, MMM, boreocypriensis, gracious, CeltickRanger, jaycee, eqshannon, Jamesp, Alex99, jconceicao has marked this note useful
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-07-21 11:49]

Hi Karan. They are not my best subject . But i do know a good picture and this one i like. The mother or dad taking a rest. A very cute one of the young bird. showing good detail. Well done TFS. It looks like you had a great time.

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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2008-07-21 13:13]

Hi Karan,

Lovely family shot of the Kittiwake Family
Nicely composed with a great POV and a very cute pose.
Excellent details, especially the cute fluffy chick.
Nice natural colours too.


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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2008-07-21 14:16]

Hello Karan
Beautiful composition.Good POV and sharp image.Plumage detail are also excellent.
TFS Michel

Hi Karan,
What a lovely shot of this Kittiwake and her babies. Great shot my friend. Superb POV/DOF and details. Great in all around.
TFS this.


Hello Karan,
You had a very good closeup on this stunning image with the sharpness! especially on the young one!
good natural colour and details that comes with a good notes
well done

hello Karan

this is an lovely image because of the cute chick,
fine POV and DOF, great sharpness and details,
i love the chick's eye-contact with you, TFS


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-07-21 16:09]

Hi Karan,

A wonderful family scene. The baby is just marvelous - he still has that fuzzy look. Must be day - moms wouldn't doze off if the children were awake :-) Colors are beautiful with so many pretty shades of grey. Superb details - I love baby's eye and beak and the feathers of mom.


It looks like mom is catching up on some much needed rest taking care of those little ones. Their perch seems so precarious. It really is a nice shot of them against the dark rock.

Evelynn : )

This is super Karan. Even though the image is sharp...there is a soft quality to it which befits the subject matter. If this wasn't an almost predestined image...wow...How sweet is that eh? You! I remember teasing you about hedge hogs....and now I feel like the school bully. You are just swell! and of course your work goes with it!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-07-21 22:55]

Hi Karan

Yes this is a Kittiwake - lovely poses - great detail and eye contact with the chick. Well seen and captured.


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  • PaulH Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1137 W: 26 N: 3879] (13882)
  • [2008-07-22 0:49]

Hi Karan,
whata great shot, as always bags of character and great details. I bet the days are long up there at the moment?!

Ola Karan
Bela foto com boas cores e nitidez, a luminosidade esta muito boa tambem.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2008-08-22 23:17]

Hi Karan.
What a sweet scene and simply great shot of it. Terrific exposure and sharpness of the birds. We can see all attractive details and features of the baby, mom and surrounding rocks. Superb work. Bravo.

Hi Karan,

Lovely capture.Beautiful composition with excellent sharpness.

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