The Black-legged Kittiwake cry
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The black-legged kittiwake is a small gull that is 13-18 inches in length with a wingspan of 36 inches. It has white undersides, chest and head; soft-gray upperwings and back and black tips on wings. It has a slightly forked, white tail; a bright yellow bill and black legs and feet with three toes. The name kittiwake comes from its call. Males and females look alike.
The black-legged kittiwakecan be found along both the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts from Canada south to California and Florida. It is also found in Eurasia.
The black-legged kittiwake can be found on cliffs and ledges of coastal areas and islands during breeding season. The black-legged kittiwake may also nest on tall buildings, bridges, sea walls and even offshore oil rigs. It winters on the open ocean. It rarely comes far inland.
The black-legged kittiwake eats marine invertebrates, plankton, and fish. It feeds in flocks and catches food at the surface of the water. it also dives just below the surface of the water to catch its prey, in fact, it is the only gull that dives and swims underwater!
The black-legged kittiwake nests in huge colonies that can include thousands of birds. The black-legged kittiwake male returns to the same nesting site year-after-year. Male and female pairs may mate for more than one season. The nest is cup-shaped and made of moss, seaweed and mud and is placed on the top or side of a cliff or ledge. The female lays 1-3 pinkish-brown eggs. The male and female both incubate the eggs. The chicks hatch in about 27 days. Both parents care for and feed the chicks. The chicks fledge when the are about 40 days old.
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- [2006-05-01 9:04]
Funny capture.I liked POV,timing,blurred BG and composition a lot.TFS...:-)
- [2006-05-01 11:10]
very nice shot, frederic! :-)
excellent pov and details,
superb pose - you can really look
into the "dark hole". *g*
i can actually hear it sream.
well seen & captured, thor.
A great moment you captured!!
Nice pose, colors and details. Good note, also.
joli cliché,le fait que la mouette cri en même temps que tu la photographie c'est bien vu,mais je pense que la tete manque un peu de netteté et que le cou blanc est surexposé,mais ce n'est que mon avis.