A Silver Gull on the Wing
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|First attempt at a bird in flight. Not perfect i realise by a long shot, but i liked the shadow on the sand. Also i realise the lens setting was on 1 instead of 2, which is for moving objects. The crop is not as i would have preferred as the moving bird should have more space ahead than behind it, but i liked the shadow.|
The Silver Gull has a white head, tail and underparts, with a light grey back and black-tipped wings. In adult birds the bill, legs and eye-ring are bright orange-red. This colouration and its relatively small size (40 - 45 cm) easily distinguish it from the other two resident gulls in Australia. These are the Pacific Gull, L. pacificus (63 cm), and the Kelp Gull, L. dominicanus (58 cm). Some smaller vagrant species are found in Australia from time to time, but have distinctly different plumages to the Silver Gull. The most common call is a harsh 'kwee-aarr'.
Distribution and Habitat
The Silver Gull is a common sight at virtually any watered habitat throughout Australia and is rarely seen far from land. Birds flock in high numbers around fishing boats as these leave or return to the coast, but seldom venture far out to sea. The Silver Gull is also found in New Zealand and New Caledonia.
Food and feeding
As with many other gull species, the Silver Gull has become a successful scavenger, readily pestering humans for handouts of scraps, pilfering from unattended food containers or searching for human refuse at tips. Other food includes worms, fish, insects and crustaceans., With increased access to a wide-range of dietary items, the Silver Gull has been able to increase its population in areas of human activity. Available nesting grounds appear to be the only limiting factor to population increases.
Silver gull egg © Australian Museum Breeding
Breeding may take place at any time, but usually occurs between August and November. Birds nest in large colonies on offshore islands. Often two broods will be raised in a year, and both adults share nest-building, incubation and feeding duties. Usually three eggs are laid in a shallow nest scrape, lined with vegetation.
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- [2007-06-04 4:29]
This looks much nicer than what the thumbnail suggests. Looks almost 3-D with the gull sharply rendered against an interesting backdrop. Could have the frame a bit lower for a better placement of the reflection. Regards,
- [2007-06-04 5:33]
i agree with Hakan, this does have an almost 3D feel to it. Nice natural colour of the sand, i have made the same mistake on the settings myself many times!
- [2007-06-04 11:00]
Very nice first in-flight shot and very attractive scene. may be framing in not the best but this is the most difficult point of the action shooting. Colours, details and sharpness are very good. Perfect start. I wish to you more nice pictures and great pleasure from this type of shooting. My compliments and TFS.
A very good first action shot!
You did pretty well in this moving subject, it's not an easy job, had great timing.
Got clear details on the gull, the pose catched is very good with that position of its wings.
Like you mention, is a plus the inclusion of the shadow over the sand.
Well done and thanks for share it.
My best regards,
- [2007-06-04 23:27]
Hi Murray, nice first shot of your flying Gull. The sand makes a good backdrop to highlight the bird better than other surroundings might, and the shadow is a nice catch. Focus is not bad, you've captured the eye. Speed might be just a tad quicker to help freeze those wings.
Good in-flight capture!
The composition is striking in its simplicity, the shadow is a nice addition!