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On Ice

On Ice
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Copyright: angela LL (angela926) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 470 W: 19 N: 798] (3083)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-02-23
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, EF 75-300 mm f/4-5.6 III
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-02-23 21:15
Viewed: 3245
Points: 8
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Ring-Billed Gull on a frozen pond in New Rochelle New York

A familiar parking lot gull, the Ring-billed Gull breeds primarily inland in North America. It can be found along the coasts, but many of these "seagulls" never see anything except fresh water all their lives.

Medium-sized gull.
Yellow bill with black ring near the tip.
Head and underparts white.
Back light gray.
Wingtips black with white spots.
Legs yellow.

Size: 43-54 cm (17-21 in)
Wingspan: 105-117 cm (41-46 in)
Weight: 300-700 g (10.59-24.71 ounces)

Cool Facts

Young Ring-billed Gulls tested at only two days of age showed a preference for magnetic bearings that would take them in the appropriate direction for their fall migration.

Many, if not most, Ring-billed Gulls return to breed at the colony where they hatched. Once they have bred, they are likely to return to the same breeding spot each year, often nesting within a few meters of the last year's nest site. Many individuals return to the same wintering sites each winter too.

Although it is considered a typical large white-headed gull, the Ring-billed Gull has been known to hybridize only with smaller, black-headed species, such as Franklin's, Black-headed, and Laughing gulls.

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Hi Angela. Very nice composition with the bird lost in the inmensity of the ice. I like the completely gray result. Regards, Yvonne

Hello Angela,

I can see from your beautiful collection that you are one skillful bird photographer. Most of the composition are if the top quality images.

This is simplicity at its best. The position of the bird on the left against the open field of snow creates the vastness of the space. You have given her enough space to roam or fly if the need arises. I like this and you have framed it very tastefully here. Good job and very well done.

Best regards,

I, too, love the simplicity of your composition. On occasion, I am inclined to do something similar. In a few days I will upload an image of a Bullocks Oriole looking out over some grasslands. Your image remeinded of that. Excellent job, Angela.

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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-03-08 19:50]

Hello Angela

A lovely capture of this lonely gull,you have created a very good mood with your composition.
Very good POV.
The details show well.


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