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Larus glaucoides

Larus glaucoides
Photo Information
Copyright: Huseyin Gursu (Avare) Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 4 N: 75] (514)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 80-400 OS
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-01-06 17:00
Viewed: 3335
Points: 12
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Larus
Species: L. glaucoides
Binomial name: Larus glaucoides

The Iceland Gull, Larus glaucoides, is a large gull which breeds in the arctic regions of Canada and Greenland, but not Iceland, where it is only seen in the winter. It is migratory, wintering from in the North Atlantic as far south as the British Isles and northernmost states of the eastern USA. A few birds may winter on the Great Lakes. It is much scarcer in Europe than the similar Glaucous Gull.

This species breeds colonially or singly on coasts and cliffs, making a lined nest on the ground or cliff. Normally, 2-3 eggs are laid.

This is a fairly large gull, very pale in all plumages, with no black in the wings or tail. Adults are pale grey above, with a yellowish-green bill. Immatures are very pale grey; the bill is more extensively dark than with Glaucous Gull, and lacks pink. It is smaller and thinner billed than the very large Glaucous Gull, and is usually smaller than Herring Gull. It takes four years to reach maturity. The call is a "laughing" cry like Herring Gull, but higher pitched.

These are omnivores like most Larus gulls, and they will scavenge as well as seeking suitable small prey. These birds forage while flying, picking up food at or just below the water's surface, also feeds while walking or swimming.


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Very fine, well composed portrait.
An eye catcher. Thank you.
Best regards,

Cok guzel bir fotograf. Sizi kutluyorum.
Mehmet Hamurkaroglu

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2006-01-07 1:25]

Huseyin what a super portrait of the gull. It looks very similar to the gulls we have in New Zealand. Good POV fron under him, great sharpnesss and colours. Well done, TFS.

Excellent portrait with sharp image.

Hi Huseyin

Nicely composed shot. Good POV. Crisp, clear and sharp. Nice work. Thanks.

Hello Huseyin,
Great portrait and perfect focus.I liked POV, colors and lighting a lot. Thanks for sharing your pictures with us. Congratulations,

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