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Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull
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Copyright: Razvan Zinica (zetu) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-10-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 40d, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM, Jessops UV 77mm
Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-08 1:20
Viewed: 2138
Points: 18
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The Mediterranean Gull, Ichthyaetus melanocephalus, is a small gull which breeds almost entirely in Europe, mainly in the south east, especially around the Black Sea, and in central Turkey. There are colonies elsewhere in southern Europe, and this species has undergone a dramatic range expansion in recent decades. Birders often abbreviate its name to "Med Gull". As is the case with many gulls, it has traditionally been placed in the genus Larus.
In winter, this bird migrates to Mediterranean and Atlantic coasts.
This gull breeds in colonies in large reedbeds or marshes, or on islands in lakes; where its population is small, it nests in Black-headed Gull colonies. Like most gulls, it is highly 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 36-38 cm long with a 98-105 cm wingspan. It can be distinguished from the Black-headed Gulls with which it often associates by its slightly larger size, very pale grey plumage and thicker red bill. The summer adult has a black head; the bird's scientific name actually means "black-headed gull". The similar species Black-headed Gull actually has a chocolate-brown hood. Adults have no black in their wings. The hood is lost in winter, leaving just a streaked grey mask. Legs are red.
The Mediterranean Gull's feeding habits are much an opportunistic omnivore, eating fish, worms, scraps, insects, offal and carrion.
This bird takes two years to reach maturity. First year birds have a black terminal tail band and more black areas in the upperwings, but have pale underwings.
This is a noisy species, especially at colonies, with a nasal "yeah" call.

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Ciao Razvan. Very good contrast here with best light's management. stunninfg details.


Bonjour Razvan,
Très bonne maîtrise de la lumière permettant d'apprécier les détails dans une lumières difficile à exploiter.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Hello Razvan
Very good photo,fine compozition and colors,and good background nd lighting.
Best regards

Salut Razvan,
O captura frumoasa cu detalii si culori excelente. Balansul de alb
este perfect si claritatea imaginii la fel de reusita.
Numai bine!

Buna Razvan,
Frumoasa si aceasta imagine si ma bucur sa vad ca esti activ si aici pe site. Imi plac de asemenea detaliile, culorile, POV-ul, DOF-ul si compozitia.
Numai bine,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-11-08 11:44]

Buna Razvan,
Splendida fotografie a speciei, felicitari!

Ciao Razvan, lovely gull in nice walking pose, fine details, splendid light, excellent sharpness and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2011-11-08 21:06]

Hi Razvan.
Wonderful shot of a beautiful bird. I am impressed with precise exposure, perfect reproduction of all feathers of the pictured model. Excellent DOF (BG is really blurred nicely and main subject is crisp sharp). TFS and kind regards.

Salut Razvan,
Frumoasa aceasta captura cu focus bun, detalii clare si fundal frumos blurat! Pentru mine,pasarile sunt inca un vis:nu am teleobiectiv asa ca nu-mi ramane decat sa admir reusitele celor care posteaza aici...
Felicitari si numai bine, Valerian.

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