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Copyright: Norbert Gorski (hekcik) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 291 W: 15 N: 305] (1827)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 350D, Pentacon 4/200 MC, RAW ISO 200
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-05-21 10:04
Viewed: 3934
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [Polish]
Valley Sluzewiecka

The Common Gull, Larus canus is a medium-sized gull which breeds in the northwest of North America (where it is called Mew Gull), Europe and Asia. It migrates further south in winter.

The Common Gull comprises three populations, sometimes considered distinct species: Larus canus canus, the Common Gull, of western Eurasia; L. c. kamschatschensis, the "Kamchatka Gull", of eastern Eurasia; and L. c. brachyrhynchus, the "Short-billed Gull", which breeds in Alaska and western Canada. The European race occurs as a scarce winter visitor to coastal eastern Canada and as a vagrant to the northeastern USA.

This species breeds colonially near water or in marshes, making a lined nest on the ground or in a tree. At 43cm in length and with a 120cm wingspan, it is considerably smaller than the Herring Gull. It is only slightly smaller than the Ring-billed Gull, but its bill is shorter, more tapered, and a more greenish shade of yellow, as well as being unmarked during the breeding season.
Adult Common Gulls are grey above and white below. Their legs are greenish. They have black wing-tips with large white "mirrors", particularly in American birds. Young birds have scaly black-brown upperparts and a neat wing pattern. They take three years to reach maturity. The call is a high-pitched "laughing" cry.

These are omnivores like most Larus gulls, and they will scavenge as well as seeking suitable small prey.


5210'04.78" N
2101'43.88" E


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Perfect framing with the wings opening up into the sky in front of the gull.

Hi Norbert,
A different pose and POV from underneath in this one..Great exposure, DOF, detail, and framed well also...
Well done and TFS!

Jak zwykle BDB!!!
Gratuluje refleksu :-)
Wszystko na TAK!!!
Pozdrawiam Malgosia

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  • thor68 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
  • [2006-05-21 10:56]

very good shot, norbert! :-)
excellent timing on the flying gull,
great pose and wing-position.
nice pov from underneath.
well done & take care, thor.

Ustrzelobe w dobrym momencie..
piękne ułożenie skrzydeł.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-05-21 11:55]

Hello Norbert,
Excellent capture.I liked pove,pose of gull,cross framing and composition a lot.

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  • Deeno Silver Star Critiquer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 0] (110)
  • [2006-05-21 13:31]

Swietne ujecie.
Rowniez gratuluje refleksu.
Tez lubie takie zdjecia robic ;)

pieknie zlapane!!:)

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2006-05-21 17:11]

Juz czuje jak trudno cos takiego ustrzelic taka "armata" jaka jest ten Pentacon. Swietnie Ci to wyszlo!

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  • Igor (2)
  • [2006-05-21 17:36]

Bella apertura alare nitidezza nel riprendere questo uccello in movimento
I 24

Hi Gorski, Very beautiful capture of gull. Lighting and sharpness nice too.

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  • gari Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 37 W: 0 N: 11] (149)
  • [2006-05-21 19:19]

Hola Norbert.Gracias por tus comentarios.Esta es una gren imagen y con una posicion y angulo excelentes.Te felicito.Hasta pronto.

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  • chiliu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1457 W: 0 N: 1176] (6526)
  • [2006-05-21 23:03]

Hi Norbert,
Great action shot! Good timing and great details.
Well done and thanks for sharing!

Witaj Norbert,
Swietna fotka! Troche dziwny POV, bo nie widac oka, ale z drugiej strony mewa jest uchwycona w fajnej "pozycji" i zdjecie jest przez to bardzo interesujace.
Podoba mi sie!

Hi Norbert,
Excellent timing with this full open wing shot. Perfectly frozen with good detail all the way out to the wing tips. Exposure was spot on. Very nice colors.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-05-24 17:01]

Hi Norbert
Great shot of this gull. Great details, sharpnes, colours and POV.
Well done


I never thought I'd see the common sea gull as beautiful, but this pose you've captured in mid-air is wonderful. He looks so serene and peaceful. Wonderful composition, well done.

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2006-06-08 8:50]

Hi Norbert,
Nice in-flight shot, good detail and focus. Nice framing too, well placed on the thirds. He looks as if he only has one leg.

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