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Caught you

Caught you
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Copyright: Elroyie David (elroyie) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 299 W: 87 N: 1482] (6439)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF100-400 IS L
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): some blood, but it's nature, Aquatic Birds 2 - Aves Acuáticas 2, Wildlife of israel, Flying images [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-28 13:48
Viewed: 4960
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is an Armenian Gull - Larus armenicus

Descriptive notes.

*Historically treated as a race of Larus argentatus, but smaller, with shorter bill, black band across both mandibles diagnostic, but not mentioned in original description. Also has a delayed moult. Monotypic.
60 cm, 1000 g, wingspan 140 cm. White-headed gull wih grey mantle and upperwings. bill deep yellow, with narrow subterminal black band, and red spot near gonys.
Legs yellow to orange yellow, brighter than in Yellow-legged Gull. Iris mainly yellowish to brown, with red orbital ring. Upperparts slightly paler than in L. fuscus heuglini, but darker than in L. argentatus argentatus.
Distingueshed from L. argetatus by wing pattern, bill, yellow legs, and darker eyes.

Inland and coastal waters. Breeds only at mountain lakes, using reedbeds, beaches, and agricultural fields.

Food and Feeding
Very poor known, presumably feeds on fish, invertebrates and offal.

Apr. Only two colonies Known, nest among stones and grass or under bushes. 3 eggs. No further information available.

Some birds remain in the breeding area all year, but many migrate short distances.
Winters in Black Sea, and in E Mediterranean from Turkey to Israel, where it co-occurs with Yellow-leggd Gull. Many winter S at least to Tel Aviv, with few reaching N Red Sea. Only a vagrant to Persian Gulf.

Status and Conservation.
Not globally threatened. Possibly numbers fewer than 10.000 pairs. Very few studies have been carried out on present species, presumably in part because until recently it was widely regarded as merely a subspecies of L. argetatus.

In Israel subspecies Larus armenicus. Abundant winter visitor in northern and central Israel and scarce in Eilat.

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  • Great 
  • papkin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 78 W: 0 N: 96] (1580)
  • [2004-11-28 13:50]

Fantastic photo congratulations.

  • Great 
  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-28 14:25]

Una excelente captura en movimiento, con gran agudeza y detalles sobre el cuerpo del ave.
Atinado DOF y encuadre con una instructiva nota complementaria.

An excellent capture in movement, with great sharpness and details on the body of the bird.
Accurate DOF and frame with an instructive complementary note.

Beautiful catch, sharp, well exposed (whites are very good) and just in time. At 1/500, I guess you followed the gull in a panning movement, because only the wings extremities are slightly blurred giving a very attractive motion feeling. A real dreamshot for photographers.

  • Great 
  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2004-11-28 22:56]

Great DOF.
Good POV.
Good note.
Good work.

Very good action Elroyie.
Nice flight-in with very good sharpness and compositon.
Good DOF and exposure.
Great work.

Good detailed shot, details and exposure are good, but the fish in it's mouth really makes this image special.

Great action shot well captured.
Very good details.
Well done

Hello Elroyie

This is a wonderful shot. The detail captured is outstanding. Excellent DoF. Great note too.

Incredible action shot. No nits and good notes. Very good job.

  • Great 
  • IdoTT Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 19 N: 86] (482)
  • [2004-11-29 14:33]


  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-29 16:28]

Hi Elroyie, I have lots of respect and admiration for any inflight shot but this one is very good with the extra bonus of a fish in it's beak. Well done.

  • Great 
  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-11-29 23:15]

Perfect moment that you captured xpertly. Very well done,

Thanks for posting

Very nice shot with one excellent comment. At this speed, the "fillé effect is very nice and the fish very sharp"
Well done

  • Great 
  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2004-12-06 17:09]
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Elroyie, very beatiful photo. Were you trying to catch the bird or the shot came almost by chance?

Apart from that, great picture.


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