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Hey, what is that in your hand?

Hey, what is that in your hand?
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Copyright: SDF DF (puffy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-19
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 300D, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 Super Macro II, KeyMen 512MB, UV
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2005-06-26 5:23
Viewed: 3833
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I saw these birds was flying around over my head... there are lots of them, so I point my camera at one of them and following it around and took some shots, this is one of the result. :)

Karoro, the black-backed gull
Larus dominicanus dominicanus

The Black-backed Gull is the largest gull in New Zealand. In the adult, the head, neck, underparts, rump and tail are white, the back and upper wings are black with a narrow white trailing edge. The bill is yellow with a red spot at the tip of the lower bill. The eye is pale yellow and the legs greenish yellow. First year birds are brown and in the second year the back is brown and the breast and neck are white flecked with brown. By the third year the back and upper wings are brown and black. There is a large variety of calls but the most characteristic calls are a contagious “uhuh, eeah – ha –ha –ha –ha –ha” or “kaloo, kaloo, kloo, kloo, kloo, kloo” heard in breeding colonies or feeding flocks, and a non – contagious “gorah, gorah” call mainly from breeding adults.

Black-backed Gulls are opportunists taking a wide variety of foods, including offal, refuse, carrion, marine invertebrates, shellfish, fish, eggs frogs, lizards, birds, mammals, small fruit and other plant material.

Breeding is between mid October to late January in large colonies near the sea shore. Some nest solitarily on coastal rock stacks and headlands, mountainsides and roofs of city buildings. The nest built mainly by the male is a substantial mound composed of dry grass, seaweed, twigs and feathers which has a small but deep depression in the centre. The clutch of 2 – 3 brownish or grey eggs with dark blotches is incubated by both parents for 23 -30 days. The chicks fledge at 50 days and remain with their parents for at least a couple of months after fledging.

Pairs of Black-backed Gulls breed on Tiri.

Above information is gather from here

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Excellent captured of this Gull with nice pose.
Great colour,well composed,good framed.

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-06-26 5:37]
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hi puff! very good shop.
bird and clouds look so wonderful..

Hello sweety, very good shot. Great POV and very good details.
Good visual impact. TFS.

Very nice shot Sweety with good exposure under the wing revealing nice details. I like the tilted head of the bird and how it balances the clouds and sky. Good work.

Regards Steve.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-27 2:07]
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Hello Sweety!
Very nice action capture.Lighting,details,colors,framing and composition are wonderful.TFS...:-)

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-06-27 2:56]
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One of your best Sweety! I love composition with diagonal line in your picture. Two fields - white and blue and bird in centre - looks like banner of Medieval knight! Great post!

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