|Copyright: marios philippou (marios)
|Date Taken: 2014-11-07|
|Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2014-11-09 1:26|
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|Chroicocephalus ridibundus ( black-headed gull - Καστανοκέφαλος Γλάρος - Χωραφόγλαρος) |
The black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus) is a small gull which breeds in much of Europe and Asia, and also in coastal eastern Canada. Most of the population is migratory, wintering further south, but some birds in the milder westernmost areas of Europe are resident. Some birds will also spend the winter in northeastern North America, where it was formerly known as the common black-headed gull. As is the case with many gulls, it had previously been placed in the genus Larus.
This gull is 38–44 cm long with a 94–105 cm wingspan. In flight, the white leading edge to the wing is a good field mark. The summer adult has a chocolate-brown head (not black, although does look black from a distance), pale grey body, black tips to the primary wing feathers, and red bill and legs. The hood is lost in winter, leaving just 2 dark spots. It breeds in colonies in large reedbeds or marshes, or on islands in lakes, nesting on the ground. Like most gulls, it is highly gregarious in winter, both when feeding or in evening roosts. It is not a pelagic species and is rarely seen at sea far from coasts.
The black-headed gull is a bold and opportunistic feeder and will eat insects, fish, seeds, worms, scraps and carrion in towns, or take invertebrates in ploughed fields with equal relish. This is a noisy species, especially in colonies, with a familiar "kree-ar" call. Its scientific name means "laughing gull".
This species takes two years to reach maturity. First-year birds have a black terminal tail band, more dark areas in the wings, and, in summer, a less fully developed dark hood. Like most gulls, black-headed gulls are long-lived birds, with a maximum age of at least 32.9 years recorded in the wild, in addition to an anecdote now regarded to be of dubious authenticity regarding a 63-year old bird. Wikipedia
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Ciao Marius, great capture of lovely trio, fascinating reflectionsfine details, wonderful natural colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
a nice picture, well exposed with good white balance.
Also a good sharpness and nice colours. But I find it a bit tight cropped, I'm not sure about the square format is right here. A bit more space in front and less behind, maybe you could post a bit larger picture, you are allowed to post 800px.
Over all a fine picture.
- [2014-11-09 11:57]
Hi Marios,a common specie but a beautiful capture,great trio in a nice perspective and with the best exposure and good reflections too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
- [2014-11-09 16:10]
Bela foto Marios com composição muito boa parabéns.