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Heermann's Gulls

Heermann's Gulls
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-30
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS
Exposure: f/3.5, 1/1600 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-09-09 12:21
Viewed: 3302
Points: 26
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Heermann's Gull
Larus heermanni

Goéland de Heermann (French)
Gaviota de Heermann, Gaviota mexicana (Spanish)

Sex Differences:
Sexes alike in plumage, male slightly larger than female.

Rather quiet away from breeding grounds. Call a nasal "aow, aow."

The strikingly marked Heerman's Gull is common along the West Coast of the United States. This gray-bodied, white-headed gull breeds in Mexico and then moves north along the Pacific Coast to southern British Columbia.

Medium-sized gull.
Body gray.
Back darker.
Head white.
Bill red.

Conservation Status:
Vulnerable to human disturbance because 90-95% of the total world population breeds on one island. Isla Raza was made a wildlife sanctuary in 1964, and populations have increased since then.

Cool Facts:
The Heerman's Gull, like many other gulls, frequently steals food from other birds. The Brown Pelican is a frequent victim. An adult Heerman's Gull is most likely to try to steal food from an adult pelican, and an immature gull is more likely to steal from an immature pelican.
The Heerman's Gull is the only North American gull that breeds south of the United States and comes north to spend the nonbreeding season. After breeding is over in July, the gull quickly comes north all the way to southern Canada. It heads back southward by December, and most breeders are at the breeding islands by March.
Perhaps as a result of the increasing populations in Mexico, several attempts have been made by Heerman's Gulls to breed in California. The first was on the island of Alcatraz. So far these attempts have been unsuccessful, but eventual successful nesting is expected.


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Nice shot of this couple of gulls.
The red bills are amazing.
Good compo and details, usefull notes.


Hello Manyee,

living by the sea their is always sea gulls around, excellent details, Bg, POV DOf nicly composed and a great capture,

TFs Kyle

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-09-09 13:06]

Beautiful shot of these two gulls, I like the composition, they seem to be having a good chat and their red lips (sorry, beaks) accentuate the situation! Very sharp and I love the colours of this.
Thanks, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2006-09-09 13:12]

Hello Manyee,
I haven't seen Heerman's gulls since I Was last in California and that was years ago! So it's great to see your fine shot to remind me. Good comp. and colors.
TFS, regards, Ivan

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2006-09-09 13:27]

very nice one my friend.
the two are well sitting in the good point of view and the dof is perfect, good light and very nice job. I like it.
gr. jaap

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  • Karin Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 418 W: 5 N: 268] (2089)
  • [2006-09-09 14:18]

Very nice all in soft shades with very good degradation of the grey feathers.
Ik like it Manyee, Very well done and TFS

Hi Manyee,
Nice shot. Very clean and fresh. Bright colours. Congratulations and TFS
With my best wishes.

Simple but good compo. Good nature photo. Didn't know the species...

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-09-10 4:11]

Hi Manyee

This is a very beautiful pair of seagulls!
Excellent shot, taken from a very good POV, with a very nice sea for BG, great sharp details and lovely colros. Nicely framed and composed.

Bravo and TFS

Hi Manyee

Great image. Perfect catchlight, great pose from these two, lovely colours. Very nice work. :-)

Hi Manyee,
Very nice shot of thesse gulls, bright colours. Congratulations and TFS

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-09-10 7:19]

J'aime cette prise ce couple est charmant. Félicitations pour les détails et la netteté.

Merci Manyee.

Bonjour Manyee
C'est une excellent prise de vue avec ces deux goélands qui semblent bien s'entendre. Composition très belle avec de belles couleurs, et très beaux détails. Merci pour le partage .
Au revoir et merci....JP

Hi Manyee,

Very nice shot of these birds. Well done.


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