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Clever Craphawk

Clever Craphawk
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Copyright: Jay Meeuwig (Shoot_Score) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 445 W: 302 N: 670] (2376)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-22
Categories: Birds, Seascape, Ocean
Camera: Fuji Finepix S7000, Super -EBC Fujinon Lens Optical Zoom
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): !Craphawks, hawks, ..., !By Gully [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-04-26 7:19
Viewed: 7070
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
... aka Gull/Mew waiting for its ship to come in...

Click on the photo to display the panorama version

Not only are gulls smart enough to be musselcrackers - by using Newton's Law - they also appear to have an uncanny ability to figure out which fisherman is throwing guts and heads overboard...

I see fishin' boats coming and going at all times of the day...
The gulls don't miss a one!
When not raiding the fishing boats here is what they do:
"Captures prey while walking or swimming, dips food from surface of water. Steals food from other birds. Drops large, hard food items on rock or sand to break them open."
"Regularly drinks fresh water when it is available. If none is around, the gull will drink seawater. Special glands located over its eyes allow it to excrete the salt. The salty excretion can be seen dripping out of the gull's nostrils and off the end of its bill."

Source: AllAboutBirds

"What else do they do?" you say... well guess!

This herring gull Larus argentatus is one I tracked in Adanac style... -except I didn't skin my knees - I snuck up on the beastie, for I wanted to get a shot that was a wee closer than from my usual perch, and with a PoV of my chosing. Recently I caught it foraging while swimming...
And before that as a juvenile < or is that a different bird? > in Sambro.

For those who are interested in the seascape here; we have at the horizon
a) to the left, about a third of Inner Sambro Island
b) straight out, Fairweather Rock
c) at the extreme right edge, a wee tip of the Isle of Man...

JoseMiguel, leboistoo, bobair, fartash, Adanac, horia, NellyD, saeedabbasi, Alex99 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To NellyD: And I like your capture of this gull waiting.Shoot_Score 1 04-28 19:33
To Luis52: ,...(or a ship to travel to Mexico) ...Shoot_Score 1 04-28 19:31
To fartash: Another great Panorama, ...Shoot_Score 1 04-26 22:41
To arfer: These guys are very adept at finding scraps.Shoot_Score 1 04-26 22:39
To arfer: These guys are very adept at finding scraps.Shoot_Score 1 04-26 22:29
To Adanac: Now don't think I'm deliriousShoot_Score 1 04-26 22:25
To JoseMiguel: Excellent the wide framing made, kind of panShoot_Score 3 04-26 08:09
To JoseMiguel: PS Looking thru the beak...Shoot_Score 1 04-26 07:56
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Hi Jay,
Very good scene here, and your first phrase: waiting for a ride :-)
You had a close approach to the bird, and got clear details on him.
I think this is an excellent compostion, I like very much the mood created with the elements and the light here.
Excellent the wide framing made, kind of panoramic one.
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,

Hi Jay, you have posted many excellent notes, this is no exception. Great PoV and composition! Beautiful gull, looks like he has eaten a tonne of fish already.

Thanks for sharing, regards Tim

Hi Jay,
what a title you have given your latest,humm...My friends and I used a similar name as well that bears no repeating.This presentation is classic:The bird,the seashore and of coarse the rock.Great POV and nice muted colours you have nailed this one pat,and I do like it.Didn't skin your knees or get a hand full of thorns well that is the way to go.Thanks for this one. Bob

Hello Jay
Another great Panorama,
Perfect POV and lighting,
Excellent composition,superb shot.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-04-26 22:18]
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Hello Jay,
Now don't think I'm delirious, but in my hubble opinion this is your best work so far, the composition is amazing and the colors are superb, this seagull even looks proud the be an easterner.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-04-26 22:19]
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Hello Jay

These guys are very adept at finding scraps.They fly behind the farmers tilling the fields,and pick up the worms.Your photo is very nicely done.Very good focus with sharp details.The colours are natural and well saturated.TFS


oilà une photo qui est un vrai appel au large ! Bon cadrage.
Bonne journée.

Hello Jay,
This is a very nice composition with great low POV. I like to see the large version; very nice. Your notes about them are very interesting as I never realized that they were equipped to drink salted water! Exposure, details and pose of the bird are great! Well done and TFS,

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2007-04-28 5:20]

Hi Jay

Another fantastic panorama rom you, my friend!
This is indeed a great shot and the composition is again the main element in my eyes here! The position of the gull (and i don't mean on the rock :))) ) is exceptional and the sharpness yu managed to get on it is magnificent!
Also all the textues and colors on the rock are a great asset to the image, while the perspective is impressive. Even the boat is a great touch (even if it's not a TN element).
All-in-all: splendid work!

Bravo and TFS

Hi Jay,

This is a lovely panorama view.
And I like your capture of this gull waiting.
Great details, POV and composition.
Thanks for sharing!

Greetings, Nel

Hi Jay, superb gull with splendid sea view, good light and colors, very well done, have a nice week end, ciao Silvio

Hi dear Jay,
very nice captured.
well composed and good light.
thanks my friend

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2007-04-28 16:56]
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Hi Jay.- Beatiful PANORAMA of this "Gaviota" waiting for somthing to eat,(or a ship to travel to Mexico) I can see very clear the Islad and the open sea. Nice and warm colors. Your note is very interesting and informative, and new to me. Regards from Mexico. Luis52.

Hello Jay,
This one gives you a really pleasant pose!
And of course, ships often mean food...
Well composed image in a fitting format, good details are captured in the bird and the rock too!
Pablo -

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-05-08 1:13]

Hi Jay.
Very impressive subject and perfect execution of the picture. I also like subtitle of the shot very much. Great skillful horizontal cropping and composition, perfect catch of gull glance with impressive direction. Sharpness of all image is great too as well as the work with light and colours. My best wishes and TFS.

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