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Wind Beneath My Wings

Wind Beneath My Wings
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Copyright: Bob Williams (bikefifty) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 24 W: 0 N: 158] (596)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel XTi, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 II
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-13 5:15
Viewed: 3300
Points: 12
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Oh. to have the gift of flight.

This Ringed-bill Gull was enjoying one of those nice spring days last year as he effortlessly sored around the sky. I liked the very peaceful look on it's face, as though it doesn't have a care in the world.

Here is a little more on Ring-billed Gulls.

From Wikipedia
Ring-billed Gull

Conservation status

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Charadriiformes
Family: Laridae
Genus: Larus
Species: L. delawarensis
Binomial name
Larus delawarensis
Ord, 1815, Philadelphia

The Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) is a medium-sized gull.

Adults are 49 cm length and with a 124 cm wingspan. They have a white head, neck and underparts and a relatively short, yellow bill with a dark ring. The back and wings are silver grey and they have yellow legs. Their eyes are yellow and their outer rims are red. This bird takes three years to reach its breeding plumage; its appearance changes with each fall molt.

Their breeding habitat is near lakes, rivers or the coast in Canada and the northern United States. They nest colonially on the ground, often on islands. This bird tends to be faithful to its nesting site, if not its mate, from year to year.

They are migratory and most move south to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America, also the Great Lakes.

This gull is a regular wanderer to western Europe, and in Ireland and Great Britain it is no longer classed as a rarity, with several birds regularly wintering in these countries.
Ring-billed Gull walking, St. George Island State Park, Florida.

These birds forage in flight or pick up objects while swimming, walking or wading. They also steal food from other birds and frequently scavenge. They are omnivorous; their diet may include insects, fish, grain, eggs, earthworms and rodents. These birds are opportunistic and have adapted well to taking food discarded or even left unattended by people. It is regarded as a pest by many beach-goers because of its willingness to steal unguarded food on highly crowded beaches. The gull's natural enemies are rats, foxes, cats, raccoons, coyotes, eagles, and dogs.

In the late 19th century, this bird was hunted for its plumage. Its population has since rebounded and it is probably the most common gull in North America. In some areas, it is displacing less aggressive birds such as the Common Tern

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Hi Bob,

A good shot of a gull very similar to the Common Gull found in the UK. Good focus and clarity of wings, head and beak. Photo seems to be a bit pinkish, was it late in the day? Anyway still a good shot, have taken one very similar, yet to be posted in the near future. Thanks for showing, regards Bill.

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2009-03-13 15:15]

Hola Bob.
Great photo. The Gull in a diagonal photo looks excellent and de BG makes it even better.
Have a nice weekend Bob.

hello Bob

an excellent in-flight photography of the ring billed gull
shot with a fine POV from under and i love the way
he is framed diagonaly on the image, TFS


Excellent hight key picture with superb details and colors. Its very rare we come across high key pictures these days! The diagonal composition and the tones makes this a picture of a dream. Well composed and shot.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2009-03-14 16:44]

I like this one a lot. Great pose and the subtle sky is very nice. I'm always impressed by good wing shots, and this is not exception. Gary

Hi Bob,
Great in flight shot - the diagonal composition works really well. The BG is uncluttered, but shows some subtle color variations. Overall, a classic shot.

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