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Copyright: Luc Durocher (Luc) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-09-03
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon PowerShot S2 IS, Canon Tele-converter TC-DC58B 1,5X
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1000 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-11-30 1:03
Viewed: 4685
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Ring-Billed Gull (Young)
Larus delawarensis

Identification Tips:
Length: 16 inches Wingspan: 49 inches
Medium-sized gull
Fairly short, small bill with indistinct gonydeal angle
Adult alternate:
Bright yellow bill with complete black ring at gonys
Bright yellow legs
Yellow eye
White head, neck, breast and belly
Pale gray back and upperwings
White tertial crescent
Black primaries with white tips and two white mirrors on outer primaries
White tail
Adult basic:
Like adult alternate but thin dark streaks about head and duller soft parts
Black bill quickly developing pale base
Pale head, breast, back and belly with light brown scalloping Dark upperwing coverts with wide white edgings
Pale belly
Dark outer primaries
Dark terminal band on white tail
Pink bill with black tip
Pink or gray legs
White head, neck and upper breast streaked with brown
Pale gray back
Upperwing coverts dull brown
Pale gray secondaries
Black primaries
Dark terminal band on white tail
Like adult basic but often with black-tipped yellow bill, entirely dark primaries and partial tail band
Similar species:
Adult Herring Gulls are similar to Ring-billed Gulls but are much larger, have pinkish legs, and a much thicker yellow bill with more pronounced gonys. First-winter Herring Gulls are much browner, but second and third-winter birds can be confusing since soft part colors are variable and third-year Herring Gull often show a ring around the bill. Such birds are most easily distinguished by the larger size and larger bill of Herring Gull. California Gulls are more similar in size and shape but are still larger and bigger-billed. Adults are darker-backed than Ring-billeds, with a brown eye, heavier head streaking, and a different bill pattern. Immatures are browner overall and show less contrast between the upperwing coverts and the secondaries. Adult Mew Gulls have unmarked bills, a darker gray back and are smaller. Juvenile Mew Gulls are much darker. First and second-winter Mew Gulls have a darker gray back and a daintier appearance. Common Black-headed and Bonaparte's Gulls are somewhat smaller in winter but have dark auriculars and very different wing markings in flight. Winter adult Black-legged Kittiwake has a plain yellow bill and entirely black wingtips.
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Thank you for looking. Have a great flight!

alejandroguzman, petrudamsa, dew77, sarju, radz, Janice, Platypus, ddg, sAner, marhowie, Athila, coasties, wallhalla15, Libor, hummingbird24, Dave, Toni, scottevers7, mrvdm1 has marked this note useful
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ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Jancie: You presume well...Luc 2 12-07 04:41
To mogens-j: Hello and...Luc 1 12-07 02:26
To Platypus: chance à l'état pur...Luc 1 12-07 01:28
To sAner: Perhaps the last...Luc 1 12-05 04:21
To traveller: Maybe 600mm...Luc 1 11-30 02:34
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Wow, what a great capture!!! I love the sky, POV and sharpness. Bravo! Was it a very strong lens?


excellent DOF, POV and contrasts.


Hi Luc,
I like how you caught the diagonal here. Looks like the gull is making a turn. Gives the photo a lot of dynamism.

Regards, Petru

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-30 2:08]

Hello Luc!
Wonderful in flight capture.Lighting,details,cross framing,POV,BG and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

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  • sarju Silver Note Writer [C: 8 W: 0 N: 10] (51)
  • [2005-11-30 2:45]

Allo Luc
Fantastic shot ... very impressive.
I like the sway in the wings of this gull ... and I also like the way it seem to be looking at you
very interesting catch
tfs ... regards ... sarju

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-30 3:08]

Hi Luc!

I know S2 well and for this camera this is SUPERB shot! Excellent timing, focus, blue sky and first of all great subject. A beauty.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-11-30 3:20]

Awesome,excellent shot in all aspects.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-11-30 3:39]

Magnifique, Luc. : )
I love the details on the wings and tail, particularly the tail. The spirit of Livingstone, indeed. Your shot evoked many memories of a certain era. Well done and TFS. : )

Jonathan Livingston, I presume???
Beautiful flight of the gull Luc. Sharp and clear, a perfect action shot and composition. Well shown, thank you.

Bien joue ! Tu as saisi cette mouette au bon moment, ailes completement deployees. Photo tres nette, on dirait pratiquement que cet animal pose pour toi ! On voit bien tous les details des plumes des ailes et de la queue.

Quel est ton taux de reussite sur ce type de photo ? Ce n'est vraiment pas evident de capturer un oiseau en plein vol...


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  • ddg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 867 W: 24 N: 1008] (5507)
  • [2005-11-30 6:19]

Luv bonjour, magnifique capture de ce rapace en plein vol plané. La position inclinée de l'oiseau donne un super impression de vitesse. Mes félicitations Didier.

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-11-30 6:55]
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Excellent ....! I really, really like this one Luc. Superb. One of your best pictures imo. Well done & TFS!


Hi Luc!
It's great shot. Wonderful blue sky and fantastic flying gull!

Magnificent picture Luc!

I wish it was mine. The focus, composition and sharpness is perfect. Very well done, and thanks for sharing your pictures with us.


Excellent inflight Luc..beautiful! Very good diagonal presentation with sharp detail. Very good light, color and exposure. Really like the clouded sky BG too..Very well done my friend!

Hi Luc,
Its a a beautiful picture you have caught, it's look a like mine.
Well composed, very good details and nice colours.
Great work, my YB&F

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 335 W: 239 N: 493] (1982)
  • [2005-11-30 11:02]


You really released the shutter at the perfect moment. Wings and tail are fully extended. And I love the diagonal orientation of the bird. It could almost make and airline company advertizing.
Great shot and TFS.

Hi Luc

Running late this morning so a quick critique, but enough time to look at this lovely shot. Well composed, good colour, details and clarity are spot on. Thanks.

vraiment une tres belle photo,on dirait que l'oiseau a été rappaorté.bravo.

Excellent inflight capture with a very nice sky background. Well done Luc. :)

Hello Luc,
pose is great, excellent work. Very good sharpness, details and colours. Excellent POV and composition too. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Libor Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 164 W: 1 N: 25] (1101)
  • [2005-11-30 15:04]

beautiful shot :o)
very nice capture
well done
TFS Libor

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  • klemmg Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 40 N: 484] (1719)
  • [2005-11-30 18:01]

An apt title, I enjoyed the book too! High impact and the message gets across. This one enjoys a challenge.

Nicely seen and captured Luc,

Excellent composition, details, lighting, POV and perfect timing.

Well done, thank you.

Hi Luc

I like your new "profile" on the info;-).

This is an outstanding post of a young bird showing plenty of details in the coloured plumage. Also I like the sky/clouds in the background - it is far better then a clear blue sky. The handling of light is not the best you have done - there is a slight burn on the head - a minor thing of course. Otherwise you did very well with plenty of detail on the underside. Colours look great as well as the composition. Very good note too.

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  • Dave Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 503 W: 43 N: 657] (2178)
  • [2005-12-03 7:17]

Wonderful inflight picture!
It looks like he is checking you out.
Excellent Capture!


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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-12-04 16:58]

Bonsoir Luc
J'aime bien cette prise en plein vol. C'est bien net avec un regard comme s'il allait t'attaquer. Bien cadré.
Salutations Toni

Hi Luc,
This is an excellent shot my friend. Flawless composition and framing. Exposure is spot on with very good detail in the gull. He looks great against that beautiful sky backround. Superb work!

Indeed a great shot! You deserve the points!!


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  • Nico Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 199 W: 1 N: 335] (1321)
  • [2005-12-07 4:00]

Excellent shot! Good colour, POV. No more smileys available, but consider it given.

Luc, birds are our inspitation for ewer, becouse we haven´t wings.
Excelent shot, full of dinamic. On first look I think it is falcon, but in bigger picture is saw different.
thanks for extreemly detaild explanation about this amazing bird.
P.S my anglish in not the best, but I hope you understand me.

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 11 N: 534] (2540)
  • [2008-09-25 22:12]

bonjour, Luc!
une tres belle photo ici!
j'aime le title!


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