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Copyright: Pekka Valo (pekkavalo1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 423 W: 54 N: 2120] (6789)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-06
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Canon 100-400 L + 1.4x Extender, RAW ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -3- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-06 0:57
Viewed: 3655
Points: 14
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A Kittiwake at Bempton Cliffs nature reserve.

From Birdguides:

Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)

In: Black-legged Kittiwake Ca: Gavineta de tres dits Da: Ride De: Dreizehenmöwe Es: Gaviota tridáctila Fi: pikkukajava Fr: Mouette tridactyle It: Gabbiano tridattilo Nl: Drieteenmeeuw No: Krykkje Pt: Gaivota-tridáctila Sv: Tretåig mås US: Black-legged Kittiwake Ru: Моевка

With its immaculate grey and white plumage and delicate features the Kittiwake is one of the prettiest European gulls. It is most similar to the Common Gull but is even smaller, about the size of a Black-headed Gull, with black feet and a lemon-yellow bill. Most importantly there are no white spots in the wing-tips which characteristically look as if they've been dipped in black ink. Even if you can't clearly see the wing-tips, the inner wing is obviously darker than the very pale outer wing making this species recognisable at great distances. The juvenile has a black zig-zag on the wing and a black half-collar around the back of its neck.

Breeds on rocky islands, cliffs and occasionally on coastal buildings. Winters at sea and around coastal waters.

Studies have shown that the birds in the centre of Kittiwake colonies tend to be established pairs which have been together for several years. These are generally more successful at rearing young than 'newly-wed' couples. One reason for this is that, in an established pair, the nest guarding duties are shared more evenly and so both adults are able to feed well without neglecting their chicks. In 'newly-weds' however, the nest is more likely to be left unattended because one of the pair rarely turns up.

Although not truly a migratory bird, the Kittiwake undergoes extensive dispersal all across the North Atlantic reaching as far as North America during winter.

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Hi Pekka,
Excellent capture to the this other gull "Gavineta de tres dits".
TFS. Ferran

Hi Pekka,
A nice capture of this beautiful bird. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-06 10:40]
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Hi Pekka,

A Kittiwake - I wonder if I will remember that name! A very cute little gull who seems to be enjoying the beautiful view he must have. He looks wonderful surrounded by the rocks. Nice capture - where were you standing when you took this shot?


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-06 10:57]

Hello Pekka,
A fine profile portrait of this Kittiwake.
The bird is well exposed , enhanced by the blurry background.Good point of view,
Well composed pressentation.Best regards Siggi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-06 11:39]

Hi Pekka. I some times wonder how you get to some of the pictures you take, It looks as if you are on the side of the cliff in this one. But it lets us see the bird with good detail . And the grenn growing on the rock sides. well done TFS.

hello Pekka

another photo giving vertigo (une autre photo donnant la vertige),
shot with very fine POV and framing, excellent sharpness and details,



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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2009-01-07 14:33]

Hi Pekka,
a brilliant photo of this Kittiwake perched on a very precarious spot :-)
Excellent composition.
Perfectly exposed.
Good sharpness.

Well done,

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