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Great black backed gull

Great black backed gull
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Copyright: Gary Martin (tirc83) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 11 W: 0 N: 28] (675)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-07-09
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 20D, Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
Exposure: f/14.0, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-07-10 3:00
Viewed: 3806
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken on Skomer Island nature reserve.

Great black-backed gull - Larus marinus

A very large, thick-set black-backed gull, with a powerful beak. Adults are blacker than the smaller lesser black-backed gull. It has a heavy flight and can look quite hunched when perched. It will fight off other gulls and chase them to snatch food.

Where does it live?
Coastal islands, cliffs, saltmarshes, and freshwater lakes and moorland near coasts. It will breed near man, occasionally using buildings.

Found around the coasts in the breeding season. At other times of year it can be found wherever gulls congregate - at reservoir roosts, rubbish tips inland, and bays and harbours.

What does it eat?
Omnivorous - shellfish, birds and carrion.

Eggs: 2-3
Incubation: 27-28 days
Fledging: 7-8 weeks
Maximum lifespan: 23 years
Length: 64-78cm
Wingspan: 150-165cm
Weight: 1-2kg
UK breeding: 20,000 pairs
UK wintering: 40,000 birds

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Gary, this is a great photo. Great colours, sharpness excellent, a very nice composite. TFS

Excellent portrait of the G.B.Gull. Always wondered what they were like up close.
The very few seen here are skiddish, hard to get close to one.
Beautiful, excellent control of the whites.


Hello Gary

What an utstanding portrait. You have captured this fella extremely well. The light is fantastic. I like the light shadow cast as well. The details are tack sharp and crystal clear. The eye contact is awesome. Good out of focus background. Very, very nice work. Well done. Thanks.

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  • pac Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 67 W: 13 N: 157] (1783)
  • [2006-07-10 6:00]

Very good sharpness, nice focus!


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