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Black headed gull

Black headed gull
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Copyright: Michael Halliday (pompey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 4 N: 746] (2774)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-03-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 300 D, Canon EF 75-300/4.0-5.6 III, Skylight
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-04-02 10:02
Viewed: 3871
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Black Headed Gull
For a change this is not a duck.
The Black-headed Gull is the most widely distributed seabird breeding in Britain and Ireland, with similar numbers breeding inland as on the coast. The majority of the breeding population are resident throughout the year, with numbers being greatly bolstered during the winter months by birds from northern and eastern Europe, especially in the east and southeast of England. Black-headed Gulls breed throughout the middle latitudes of the Palaearctic and have recently formed a breeding outpost in north eastern North America. Britain and Ireland hold approximately 6% of the world breeding population.
Black-headed Gulls tend to nest on open ground and occasionally in low trees and bushes, in colonies of anywhere from a few to over 10,000 apparently occupied nests.
Habitats such as wetlands, bogs, marshes and artificial ponds are favoured breeding sites, but dry areas adjacent to water are also used.

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  • Great 
  • Lesley Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 297 W: 13 N: 913] (2988)
  • [2005-04-02 11:58]

Beautiful flight shot, Michael. I love the color of the BG...really sets the stage for this pretty gull.

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  • Fisher Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1540 W: 309 N: 2234] (8915)
  • [2005-04-02 12:19]

Well done on this one.
You have chromatic aberrations.


  • Great 
  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-04-02 13:37]

Gorgeous in flight shot. Nice sharp details. Background is a bit bland but does enough to make the gull stand out.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-04-02 15:34]

Very nice flying gull picture Michael. Good composition and very clear details. POV is very nice too. Yesterday I took a picture of a flying blackheaded gull too and it looks like your picture. Will post if one of these days. Well done on this nice picture. TFS!

Very good flight shot Michael. Very nice composition, well blurred background, nice sharpness, very good colours and clever handling of the light - well, it is burned on the right wing but they are very difficult to get right in hard sun. All over a very nice picture to look at.

Very nice in-flight Michael. Great contrasting BG with good light, sharpness and details..Well done!

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2005-04-03 14:40]

This is a beautiful capture Michael. The sharpness is excellent and the exposure needs special mention.

Very well done and thanks for posting

Very nice flight-in.
Good composition, colours and a nice BG.
Very well done.

Congrats for your 100th post.

  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-04-03 18:06]

Very nice capture Michael. I love these in flight shots. The colours and composition are very nice. Well done.

Critique later :(
points now :)
The monday rush!!

Congrats on 100th post, Michael. This inflight is very hard to get right but you managed very well. I see some chromatic abberation on the wing. Adrian posted a nice write up of getting rid of it in the tips & techniques section of the forum if you are interested. Very well done.

  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-04-11 22:57]

Belle envolée avec un B.G parfait.

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